Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Olympics athlete 'bet on own event'

An investigation has been launched into an alleged betting scandal involving a member of the Irish Olympic team

An investigation has been launched into an alleged betting scandal involving a member of the Irish Olympic team.

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) confirmed it is probing reports that a competitor at London 2012 previously bet on an opponent to win an event in which they were both competing.

A spokesman said the athlete, who was not named, has been told about the anonymous allegation.

The claim has rocked the Olympic squad of 65 athletes across 14 sports.

The OCI spokesman said it is now a legal issue between the OCI and the competitor and that it would not make any further comment.

Olympic organisers are not involved at this stage.

The allegation, made on email, accused the competitor of placing two bets on an opponent in an unspecified sport prior to the Olympics.

The Irish Independent newspaper said it has possession of detailed documentary evidence which suggests the competitor used their personal account with a large bookmaking firm to place two separate bets, both backing a specific opponent to claim victory in a competition they were also in.

The bets, at a price of 12/1, were placed the day before the competition started and both were successful, according to the daily newspaper.

Records show the first bet won 533 euro and the second one 3,367 euro, it added.

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