The probe agency's director was making the announcement at the FIFA-Interpol national workshop in New Delhi on Wednesday

Taking note of the growing menace of corruption in sports, the Central Bureau of Investigation will soon set-up a specialised unit to handle cases related to sports fraud, fixing and illegal betting.

Making the announcement at the FIFA-Interpol national workshop here on Wednesday, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha highlighted lack of a legal framework as the main hurdle in probing cases related to sports fraud.

“We, in CBI, have taken due notice of growing menace of corruption in sports in general and challenges in football and other sports in particular...Very soon we shall set up a sports fraud investigation unit in the CBI under special crime branches,” Mr. Sinha said in his keynote address.

He said this unit will act as repository of intelligence and data related to corruption in sports.

“It shall coordinate with other law enforcement agencies of the world and act as a nodal agency to coordinate with states’ police forces. It shall be our endeavour to liaise and coordinate with sports federations to build capabilities to tackle match fixing and corrupt practices,” he said.

When questioned how the unit plans to work when there is no legal framework for probing corruption in sports, he said a law to tackle corruption in sports is in the final stages of drafting by the Sports Ministry.

“We will send a proposal to the central government on setting this unit. Even though there is no law, we can still carry on enquiries like we did in 2002 in cricket match fixing till law proposed by Sports Ministry comes into being. The purpose is to be prepared when law is there,” a senior official said.

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