CITIbet in spotlight as authorities target illegal gambling

  Horse racing authorities are intent on closing the net on exchange CITIbet, but leading officials in the sport admit “there is no silver bullet” and say they will need government and law enforcement assistance. The Asian Racing Federation (ARF) recently formed the Anti-Illegal Gambling Task Force, with the ARF’s 21-member nations represented in a group that will share information and work with government agencies to control what they feel is a growing black market. The ARF Task Force has already signed memorandum of understandings with the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner and more recently the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), while in late April task force chair and Hong Kong Jockey Club head of security Martin Purbrick spoke at an Interpol illegal betting conference in Bangkok. ARF chairman Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said the formation of the task force, ACIC agreement and Interpol briefing were further steps towards keeping criminality out of horse racing. “The agreement...

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