South Korea is taking its Olympic Games seriously including “no-mercy” measures in dealing with match fixing – an issue recently highlighted by a prolificscandal that went public as early as last spring. These steps are critical in ensuring that there will be full confidence from the international community in the fairness and proper handleing of the events.
Although the Olympics Games are still quite a distance away South Korea has already begun establishing itself and its reputation when it comes to competitions. Everyone who supports and loves what the Olympics stands behind should applaud South Koreas efforts.
The following story was written in the New York Times February 21, 2012.
By CHOE SANG-HUN
SEOUL — The South Korean government on Tuesday announced “no-mercy” measures, including harsh prison terms and life-time bans from sports, to fight match-fixing scandals that have already tainted some of the nation’s most popular professional leagues and have threatened to implicate more.
South Korea, which will host the 2018 Winter Olympics, has been rocked by a snowballing match-rigging scandal since last spring.
It started last May when prosecutors began hauling in professional soccer players on suspicion that they had manipulated game outcomes in return for bribes from middlemen, often their retired colleagues, who worked for criminal rings running illegal Internet gambling sites.