IOC pushing governments to act on illegal betting

STEPHEN WILSON AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- The IOC wants governments to do more to tackle illegal betting, match-fixing and other corrupt activity that authorities say could pose a bigger threat to sports and the Olympics than doping.

The International Olympic Committee will host a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday of sports leaders, government ministers, licensed betting operators, lottery companies and the international police agency Interpol.

The meeting, which comes less than six months before the London Olympics, will act on a series of recommendations for cracking down on the multibillion-dollar underground illegal sports gambling industry.

IOC director general Christophe De Kepper tells The Associated Press: "We need governments to wake up" to the magnitude of the problem.