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    The IOC hopes to preserve the integrity of Olympic competition by preventing betting on sports. (Getty Images)
    IOC Tackles Betting in Sports

    The IOC adopted a strategy that will help prevent gambling in sports.

    Following a forum with International Federations, National Olympic Committees, as well as representatives of the gambling industry and public authorities, a series of recommendations was agreed to that will help reduce gambling on sports.

    The recommendations focus on prevention, education, information for everyone involved with sports and increased collaboration with governments.

    “It is clear that betting, through the financial benefits it generates, provides huge opportunities to sports organizations” said IOC president Jacques Rogge.

    “However, there is a significant problem when betting leads to the manipulation of competitions and therefore threatens the integrity of sport. Cheating driven by betting is undoubtedly the biggest threat to sport after doping.”

    Protecting the Olympics from betting is what the IOC hopes to achieve.

    The IOC prevents anyone involved with the Olympics from promoting Olympic betting, or betting on the events, during the Games.

    A monitoring system was established for the 2008 and 2010 Games by the IOC. It found no evidence of gambling on the Olympics.

    Mohamed Mzali, 85, IOC Member from Tunisia

    Mohamed Mzali, right, with Joao Havelange at the IOC Session in Copenhagen. (Getty Images)
    Mohamed Mzali, IOC member from Tunisia, died on Thursday. He was 85.

    Mzali was elected to the IOC in 1965, and is the second most senior member. With his death there are now only two IOC members for life, Joao Havelange of Brazil, and Vitaly Smirnov of Russia.

    Since the reforms that were enacted in 1999, only members elected before 1976 remained eligible to serve for life.

    Before joining the IOC, Mzali was president of the Tunisian Olympic Committee, serving in that post from 1962 to 1986. He was also president of the Tunisian Football Federation in 1962 and 1963.

    He was a member of the IOC Executive Board from 1973-80 and an IOC vice president from 1976 to 1980.

    Mzali was the author of several books on politics and Olympism.

    He is survived by his wife and six children.

    Russia Sending 215 Olympians to Sochi

    Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said on Tuesday 215 Olympians will represent Russia when the Games head to Sochi in 2014.

    "We hope that 215 of our athletes will compete in 86 different competitions during the Olympics in Sochi," he was quoted by Russian media.

    In Vancouver, 177 Olympians competed for Russia, one fewer than the Russian delegation in Turin four years earlier.

    Mutko said Russia must maintain its quality in the sports it traditionally performs well in, such as cross country skiing and figure skating, and improve in certain "problematic sports."

    "We must increase our abilities in sports, where we are obviously falling behind - freestyle, short track, snowboard, curling, ski jump and Nordic combined," he said.

    30000 Celebrate Olympic Day in Annecy

    30000 people came out in support of the Annecy Olympic bid on Olympic Day. (Annecy 2018)
    Following the IOC approval of the Annecy bid for the 2018 Olympics, 30,000 people came out in support of the bid on Olympic Day.

    The ceremony took place at the proposed site of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2018 Games. Winter sports demonstrations with more than 40 athletes and a firework display were the highlights of the event.

    Munich and Pyeongchang, Korea, are the other cities bidding for the 2018 Olympics.

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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