Asian Racing Federation Forms ‘Anti-Illegal Betting Task Force’ To Combat Black Market Gambling

In its effort to crackdown on illegal black market betting, the Asian Racing Federation has formed the ‘Anti-Illegal Betting Force' and the group has already begun to share information with law enforcement agencies around the world.

The South China Morning Post reports that the federation has signed an agreement with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), and officials will also brief members of Interpol on the impact that illegal betting has had on the region at an upcoming conference in Bangkok.

Asian Racing Federation (ARF) chairman Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said that the continued effort to keep criminality out of horse racing was a driving reason for the formation of the task force. Signing the agreement with the ACIC was also significant.

“The agreement is the first that the ARF has signed with a law enforcement agency, and illustrates the commitment of the ARF and its members to work with and assist law enforcement agencies in upholding the integrity of horse racing and combatting illegal betting, a key driver of sports corruption,” said Engelbrecht-Bresges.

Martin Purbrick is the head of security for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and is the chairman of the new task force.

“Horse racing has had a long historical relationship with betting, which has left it better placed than some sports to deal with threats to integrity from betting,” Purbrick said

“However, illegal betting markets have grown hugely in the past decade, especially in Asia, and this has brought new threats from organized criminal groups who seek to profit from illegal betting markets and sports corruption. The ARF is resolute in combating this threat.”

Read more in the South China Morning Post

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