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Bill to protect sports from gamblers passed in parliament

Colombo, Nov 11 (BAN/ AD): On Monday parliament unanimously approved the Bill on Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports. Harin Fernando Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment, and Sports presented the bill which deals with match-fixing, corruption, illegal manipulation, and illegal betting in sports.

The bill was passed in parliament in a specially convened session without any amendments and the National Innovation Agency Bill with amendments. Today’s session was last parliamentary session before Presidential elections was convened at the request of the Prime Minister.

Sports Minister Harin Fernando said that when the bill is introduced in Parliament to see to the transparency of sports in Sri Lanka. Leader of the House, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the Sports Bill was introduced to prevent the corruption in sports.

As per new bill anyone who commits a specified offence shall be liable for a fine UP to Rs. 100 million or 10 year imprisonment or both.

Minister shall assign to appoint Assistant superintendent of Police and a team of conducting investigators under this Act. A reward fund under this Act shall be established to encourage the society to find the Culprits and support the With the rewards.

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