New Zealand to make match-fixing a crime

    New Zealand will make match-fixing a specific crime for the first time to ensure sport remains corruption-free, imposing a maximum penalty of seven years in jail. New Zealand is currently gearing up to host the Cricket World Cup next year. Sports Minister Murray McCully said the rules come amidst evidence that in recent years criminal gangs have sought to illegally benefit from sports betting. “These activities compromise athletes and tarnish sport,” he said. McCully stressed that the measures are preventative and there is no current problem of match-fixing in New Zealand.