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Feb 10, 2010 2:40 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

IOC vigilant against threat of betting and fixing

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge calls illegal betting as serious a threat to sports as doping.

The IOC set up a system to monitor betting patterns during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but found no illegal activity. A similar system is in place for the Vancouver Games, which open Friday.

Rogge said Wednesday it is crucial to be prudent. He adds that "sooner or later it will happen during the games."

All those accredited for the games, including athletes, are barred from betting on Olympic competitions. Athletes suspected of involvement in gambling can be called before a disciplinary commission and face sanctions.

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