Bodies call for co-operation and tougher laws in battle against match-fixing

matchfixingApril 17 - As the scourge of global match-fixing shows little sign of diminishing, fresh calls have been made for governments to introduce legislation that recognises it as a global crime.

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Elite sport doping 'likely' to be between 14 -39%, finds new Dutch report

drug testingBy David Owen
March 3 - New Dutch analysis has estimated that the prevalence of doping in elite sport is "likely" to be between 14 and 39% – far above the level of adverse analytical findings turned up by anti-doping tests. But the analysis also concludes that, while the tools to obtain a far more accurate gauge of true doping levels exist, published studies on the subject are "scarce".

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New report dispels betting pattern myths in the murky world of match-fixing

ASSER Institute logoJanuary 23 - A report titled The Odds of Match Fixing – Facts & figures on the integrity risks of certain sports bets by Professor Dr Ben Van Rompuy of the ASSER International Sports Law Centre draws a number of conclusions that blow away some of the myths around conventionally held thinking on match-fixing.

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Sports journalists condemn attack on Charlie Hebdo and press freedom

Je Suis CharlieJanuary 9 - The International Sports Press Association, AIPS, has issued a damning statement condemning the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people including 10 journalists.

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Anti-doping body gets much-needed budget increase

WADABy David Owen
November 16 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is to receive a much-needed 3% budget increase in 2015. The Montreal-based organisation, which is funded broadly 50% by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and 50% by Governments, has had to make do with little extra money in recent times while public authorities in much of the industrialised world have been struggling to cope with the consequences of high debt and sluggish economic growth. The 1% raise WADA received for 2014 was its first budget increase for three years.

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Fiscal 2015 starts off on the right foot for Nike

Nike bootsBy David Owen
September 26 - Buoyant footwear sales, including football boots, helped Nike to a highly satisfactory 23% advance in net income for the three-month period including the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Boost for WADA as China commits $1 million to new research fund

doping controlBy David Owen
September 5 - China has provided a significant boost to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), becoming the first country formally to announce its contribution to a fund for new anti-doping research.

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Sports data giant STATS captures Bloomberg's sports analytics group

BSports 1SPBy Paul Nicholson
September 5 – Sports data gathering giant STATS has acquired Bloomberg Sports, the sports data and analytics leaders in the US sports market. The merger creates a powerful data, technology, analytics and content group serving a broadbase of clients from media to leagues and teams globally.

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Gamers to get more Legends and GLT in FIFA15, with 16 and 17 in dev

FIFA-15-LogoBy Mark Baber
August 13 - EA Sports has announced new additions to the Legends line-up in FIFA 15, due to be released on September 23 in the US, whilst the company has confirmed work on FIFA 16 and even FIFA 17 is already underway.

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