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Sri Lanka tightens its grip on match-fixing

Sri Lanka tightens its grip on match-fixing

To thwart any match-fixing attempts, Sri Lanka cricket has brought in tougher penalties to stamp out corruption scandals within their national side.

Betting on sports in Sri Lanka have been illegal for a while now, but newer laws have been introduced which criminalizes citizens from betting on overseas contests at the same time. Those found guilty of match-fixing now face a jail term of up to 10 years and potential fines to the tunes of LKR 100 million (USD 555,000), while also banning people with family links to gambling businesses from sitting on the sport’s local governing body.

The new law comes only months after Harin Fernando, the Sri Lankan sports minister, said the sport’s governance in the country was riddled with graft “from top to bottom,” and that the ICC has singled out Sri Lanka as the world’s most corrupt cricketing nations. Former president of the SLC, ThilangaSumathipala, was until recently a member of the organization’s executive committee while his family owned a gambling business. Sumathipala had repeatedly denied his involvement in that part of the family’s business.

“Many tried to prevent this piece of legislation, but I am happy that it was taken up today,” Harin Fernando, Sri Lankan sports minister, was quoted as saying by the PTI after the law was passed unanimously by parliament on Monday

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