The Sports Ministry is not satisfied with the first draft of the proposed law to curb spot-fixing and other corrupt practices in sports and intends to carry out “extensive modification” to the contents of the draft.

“We have received the draft today. But the proposed law needs extensive modification,” Sports Secretary P.K. Deb told PTI here.

“After making all the changes, we will be sending it back to the law ministry tomorrow,” he added.

The copy of the draft law, after being overseen by law minister Kapil Sibal, was sent to the Sports Ministry by the legislative department for consultations with the experts — sports administrators and former players.

Deb said the Sports Ministry was in a favour of legalising betting in the country.

“We have been studying the models of other countries and trying to incorporate the best international practices. I think that betting must be legalised. Besides, there should also be stringent penal provision. In most countries these two work in tandem,” he explained.

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