All bets off

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Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Bodybuilding - By KEN­MORE BY­NOE

THE RE­CENT rev­e­la­tion that my beloved sport of vol­ley­ball had be­come the tar­get of in­ter­na­tional on­line bet­ting forced me to do some re­search on the scourge, not to get a piece of the pie, but to get those in­ter­na­tional cooks away from my kitchen.

While re­search in­di­cated that there is lit­tle that the Bar­ba­dos Vol­ley­ball As­so­ci­a­tion can do to stop the bet­ting, I be­lieve that in­for­ma­tion makes our con­stituents and fel­low as­so­ci­a­tions aware of the ex­is­tence and ram­i­fi­ca­tions of such vile prac­tices.

There­fore, I was sur­prised that cricket, which has led the way in re­cent times in scan­dals in­volv­ing gam­bling, can have a pres­i­dent naively stat­ing that as far as he was aware, his sport was clean.

‘Hon­est bet­ting’

I needed to find out why an in­ter­na­tional group would use our do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tions as the tar­get for their bet­ting and, boy, did I dis­cover a lot. The re­sults of our matches can be con­sid­ered hon­est bet­ting. That oxy­moron in­di­cates that there was lit­tle chance of our play­ers and of­fi­cials,

IN KING CRICKET, Han­sie Cronje and oth­ers were be­ing paid to lose games or to un­der­per­form for large sums.

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