This bill has been drafted after studying the laws of different countries especially from European Union like Denmark, Finland, Germany etc. Australian model is so far the best. To make own strong and affective sports law for India, different aspects from different laws has been adopted.
There have been serious deliberations on insider information and
sporting fraud, manipulation or attempt to manipulate a sports result
(s), irrespective of whether the outcome is actually altered or not,
will be a jail crime. Punishment for different categories of offenses
with fine up to 3 to 5 times the economic benefit derived from the
guilty is mentioned in the bill, said Parasaran.
Former captain of Sri Lankan cricket team Arjuna Ranatuna said that there is need for creating awareness and sensitize players on the consequences of doping and other sports frauds. According to him, normally match fixers dont catch top players but look out for small fishes in the top teams.
On doping Ranatunga added, players coming from rural areas are not aware about the ill effects of doping and are innocent. So they need to be sensitized about various drugs and their consequences.
Soli Sorabjee, Former Attorney General of India in his address
during the session on 'International Efforts to Curb Sporting Fraud:
Information Gathering, Regulatory Structure, Criminal Law and Courts'
said, "the betting is a natural human instinct which is inherent
to human beings, it should not be denied and time demands that it
should be discussed seriously to come out with the solutions to match
KTS Tulsi (Senior Advocate), Supreme Court of India, in his key note address during the session on International efforts to curb sporting fraud: Information gathering, Regulatory structure, Criminal Law and Courts said, After the IPL fiasco, there is a big hue and cry regarding the amendments in the sports law and inclusion of issues such as criminalization of sports, invoking criminal law for match fixing and betting and strengthening of anti- doping laws but, in an effort to clean up sports, sportsmen should not be made a scapegoat.
He said that criminal law should be invoked only where a guilty intent is proved and players should not be liable of match fixing and doping on mere presumption. There should be strong evidence to prove a players involvement as once an allegation is made in the media, it has a tendency to stick even in the absence of any proof and the player falls victim to a media trial even before being declared guilty by the courts.
Tulsi added, At, the same time, legalizing betting would be a step in the right direction as this will ensure transparency and lead to removal of corruption from sports, which is the need of the hour.