Plans to fix Olympics football busted

Plans to fix Olympics football busted

Match rigging could potentially occur in other major sporting events like the Rio Olympics in 2016 in Brazil.

In an e-mail to The New Paper last year, convicted match fixer Wilson Raj Perumal claimed he had fixed a football match in the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

He said: "My first international match was Tunisia versus Portugal in Atlanta Olympics (sic).

"That was the time Danny ran away with US$80,000 (S$100,000) belonging to Pal, and I was held accountable for the money."

The only two people who can verify Wilson Raj's statement - Rajendran "Pal" Kurusamy and Danny Jay - have been unreachable since the middle of last month.

Spokesman for International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sandrine Tonge told TNP in August: "Specifically on the 1996 Atlanta Games and the match you are referring to, no evidence has ever been transmitted to the IOC.

"Please note that our monitoring system to detect potential match fixing or irregular betting activities at the Olympic Games was not in place at the time."

She said IOC took its first preventive measures to tackle the problem of match fixing and irregular betting seven years ago.

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