IOC widening illegal betting crackdown


ACAPULCO, Mexico -- The International Olympic Committee says it is widening its effort to crack down on illegal sports betting.

IOC president Jacques Rogge says his organization will help other sports bodies monitor competitions for irregular gambling patterns.

The IOC already has a system for monitoring betting during the Olympics. No cases were reported during the Beijing or Vancouver Games.

Rogge says the IOC has drafted regulations for punishing athletes, coaches and officials who bet illegally. He says the IOC plans to meet with government leaders early next year to establish a common policy.

Rogge spoke Sunday at a meeting of the IOC executive board and the world's national Olympic committees.