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CBI sets up Sports Integrity Unit to tackle sports fraud

MUMBAI: Taking note of growing incidents of corrupt practices in sports with its deep links to the underworld and to transnational organised crime networks, the CBI has launched a dedicated unit to deal with sports fraud.

The CBI said that one of its units will function as a Sports Integrity Unit under the aegis of Special Crime Branch at Delhi.

CBI director Ranjit Sinha said that the stated objectives of this Sports Integrity Unit includes investigating and enquiring into matters related to sport frauds, combating malpractices in sports and coordination with sports federations and law enforcement agencies.

While seeking cooperation from all stakeholders in making this initiative a success, the CBI director said that the agency would be actively engaging with Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports so that a law dealing with corruption in sports is put in place at the earliest.

With the setting up of the Sports Integrity Unit, India would join the very few nations in the world to have a dedicated set up as a part of its federal investigative agency to investigate sporting frauds.

The launch of Sports Integrity Unit comes at a time when the Indian Premier League (IPL) is grappling with charges of corruption. The BCCI president N Srinivasan had to step down from his position following directions by the Supreme Court.