The alternative to the general criminal law is to enact specificcriminal offences of cheating in gambling. Under English law there have beenlong-standing statutory offences in the Gaming Act 1845, but it was littleused and certainly not in the area of sports corruption. The new Gambling Act2005 introduced a specific offence to punish those who for do anything toenable another to cheat at gambling including under performing in sport.
More recently ICC liaisons with governments and relevantauthorities have shown that more can be done to tackle corruption. In April2005, in a speech to other heads of sports, ICC Chief Executive OfficerMalcolm Speed urged governments to follow the UK's example and legislateto criminalise cheating in sports. (57) He also strongly urged sports to putpressure on governments to take stronger measures to regulate sports gamblingand then punish those who operate outside or against such regulations. Hismessage was quite clear, be vigilant, take internal steps to protectyourselves and make sure that governments and all relevant agencies areworking with you to prevent corruption striking at the integrity of yoursports. 2b1af7f3a8