DCMS Amending UK Gambling Act of 2005

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The Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) has announced that it plans to amend the UK Gambling Act of 2005. The amendments will see the UK's Gambling Commission having the ability to share suspicious gambling activity with the International Olympic Committee, among other sports governing bodies.

Currently the UK Gambling Act only allows the Gambling Commission to communicate these types of activities with organisations that have already been named within the Act. The new amendment will see the IOC added to this list, as well as work in a process that will determine which other athletic governing bodies should also be factored in as well.

Speaking in regards to the proposed amendments, a DCMS spokesperson said: "The changes will strengthen the ability of the IOC to receive and share information should any threats to betting integrity arise during the course of the Games. It will also ensure a system of best practice in the UK from which others can learn.

"The Government proposes to add both international and national Sports Governing Bodies to parts 2 and 3 of Schedule 6 to better reflect the sports bodies that the Gambling Commission deals with on a regular basis, and to ensure the coverage of the main sports and major sporting events in the UK."