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Anurag Thakur proposes 10-year jail term for match fixers

New Delhi: BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, who is also a Lok Sabha MP, has introduced three private member bills including a significant ‘National Sports Ethics Commission’ bill, which recommends "10 years of jail term" for any sportsperson indulging in match-fixing.

Anurag Thakur
Anurag Thakur

"It is fair to bring in accountability to be fair to sports lovers. As such there is no law, which is there to curb match fixing. It is mandatory to have a law that can combat the menace," Thakur said.

The objective of the bill is "to establish a national sports ethics body to ensure ethical practices in sports as well as strive towards elimination of doping practices, match fixing and fair play, fraud of age, gender and sexual harassment of women in sports."

The bill further states: "This comes as an aftermath of the recent corruption and match fixing charges that were thrown up in Indian Cricket and other sports by multiple players.

"The concerned players are currently charged under inappropriate sections of Dishonesty and Cheating under Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as Prevention of Corruption Act in the courts but the sportspersons often get easily free because these laws don’t apply for sports."

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