Big names of Indian society position in favor of legalising gambling

20 November 2013

Increasingly, more and more sports, media, and institutional  luminaries are taking a stand in regards of whether gambling in india should be legalized or not.

Former Indian cricket captain recently favoured legalizing betting in sports if law enforcement agencies were okay with it.

"If law enforcement agencies feel it is right, betting in sports should be legalised," Dravid said at a special session on ethics and integrity in sports, organised by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

CBI chief Ranjit Sinha supported his view.

"If we can have lottery in states, casinos, why can't betting be legal," said Sinha.

Four issues like age fraud, doping, deliberate under-performance and player involvement in the betting industry, require legal intervention in Indian sports, said Dravid.

"I believe that it is now time for legal reform and the turn of national and state legislature and the criminal law administration to intervene," Dravid said.

Noting that there was pressure on younger players who suffered from insecurity, Dravid said this leads to temptations to cut corners, use unfair means and make a quick buck.

"I am not unaware of the pressure and influences on the young athletes. There is intense pressure to perform and succeed. Insecurity is a prominent feature of any sporting career," he said.

"In this scenario there are temptations to cut corners, use unfair means and make a quick buck," he said.

The challenge of doping has plagued every sport worldwide and India is no exception, he noted.

Failure to address these challenges, he said, not only risks a serious threat to the all-round development of confidence in sport but will enable entrenchment of new norms in the subculture of sports which are harder to change, said Dravid.

Self regulation in sports has not worked much, he agreed.

In addition, recently, top columnist and journalist Jug Surayia, althought critized the wording and stated that "once again CBI´s chief has put his foot in his mouth, by comparing rape to illegal gambling",  backed his comments  on  legalising  gambling in India,  saying  that  such  a  move  would  indeed  reduce  the  police  force’s burden and allow them to focus on critical and more pushing areas. Read the article HERE.

How all this will affect Poker in India and the Indian poker communty is to be seen, but certainly it only adds to the amazing momentum that the regulatory topic is gaining by the minute. We will follow closely the developments and inform freshly.


From Times of India


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