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Government of India
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
02-December-2015 16:40 IST
Law to make spot fixing and match fixing criminal offences

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that there are certain provisions in the Indian Penal Code to deal with match fixing and spot fixing in sports. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, Government has felt the need to enact a standalone legislation to further strengthen the legal provisions to prevent and combat sporting frauds, affecting the integrity of sports and fair play, like match fixing, deliberate under-performance, etc. Accordingly, Government has formulated a draft legislation named “Prevention of Sports Fraud Bill, 2015”. The Draft Bill, in its present form, inter-alia, defines Sports Frauds in sports events, contains provisions of penalty to the offenders and deals with the issue of Jurisdiction of Courts to adjudicate the matter, etc.