16+ CR GTD
Header banner - Calling Stn
Pokersaint - Lead
Shashi Tharoor tables sports betting bill in Lok Sabha Gambling

Shashi Tharoor tables sports betting bill in Lok Sabha

by Gutshot Editorial Posted on 29 Dec, 2018

As reported by Gushot yesterday, Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, was to table a private member’s bill regulating sports betting in the lower house. The bill, entitled ‘Sports (Online Gaming and Prevention of Fraud) Bill, 2018’, has been introduced by Tharoor in Lok Sabha yesterday.

Dr. Tharoor, along with presenting this bill, also tabled three other bills, the Freedom of Literature Bill, Women’s Sexual, Reproductive and Menstrual Rights Bill and the Disaster Management (Amendment) Bill. He later took to Twitter to announce the fact, “In keeping w/my efforts to expand our freedoms, I introduced 4 important Bills in LS to strengthen Indians’ rights. Will issue detailed posts on each Bill in the coming days.

The regulation of sports betting bill addresses two broad issues concerning this industry. The bill provides a new definition of sports fraud and penalizes match-fixing and manipulation of domestic and international sporting events. The bill also aims to create a pan-India regulatory and licensing framework to oversee the industry, subject to safeguards and guidelines.

Dr. Tharoor expanded on the bill saying, “The integrity of sports is essential to preserve its beneficial aspects. Sports integrity is increasingly under threat due to unabated acts of fraud and corruption. My Bill addresses this issue by criminalizing sports fraud, including match fixing and spot fixing.

He further added, “Sports is a major source of commerce and revenue for many entities, especially in the field of betting or gaming in connection with sporting events. The increasing commercial nature of sports, increases the possibility of sports manipulation by vested interests to make financial benefitsA complete prohibition on betting on sports has not been a successful approach, rather it has driven the market further into the black economy. The law must adopt a regulatory approach and effectively demarcate the lines of permissible conduct in the field of betting or gaming in connection with a sporting event. My Bill provides the framework to make this possible.”

The All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) also weighed in on the development, with its CEO Mr. Roland Landers saying, “With the proliferation of sports leagues and the development of the sports ecosystem in India, the (Online gaming & prevention of fraud) Bill 2018, will be a step in the right direction in order to maintain integrity in sports. We sincerely hope that the suggestions put forward in the bill by Dr.Shashi Tharoor, are considered positively.

Shashi Tharoor tables sports betting bill in Lok Sabha

Dr. Tharoor later expressed his thoughts in a thread on Twitter saying, “My Bills can only become law if the Govt agrees to facilitate their enactment in Parliament. I have made the effort to draft these Bills & put them in the public domain. Now it’s up to Govt & LS to pass them.

Previous attempts at regulation of this industry by some legislators received cold shoulder by the Union. The burgeoning sports betting industry in India must be regulated effectively across the country if the eradication of the social evils associated with it are of any priority to the NDA government, and this bill provides ample guidance for the government to take up the issue as soon as possible.

Keep reading GutshotMagazine.com for more industry news like this, as well as general poker news from around the world.

PokerDangal Slim Banner - May

Check out our online poker rooms section, where you can read reviews on the biggest and best poker rooms in the country, while also taking advantage of their bonuses and promotions. Check out these top poker rooms HERE.



Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Dangal box

Top 10 Poker Rooms

  • Calling Station
    Calling Station

    Instant withdrawal; Use “RELOAD20” on deposits for 20% locked bonus
    Offer: "GUTSHT" Register

  • 9stacks
    9stacks

    Instant withdrawal; 100% locked bonus on first deposit
    Offer: "9GUTSHOT Register

  • PokerSaint
    PokerSaint

    60-seconds withdrawal; 100% locked bonus on first deposit
    Offer: "GUT100" Register

  • Poker Dangal
    Poker Dangal

    INR 500 Free on sign-up; (120 Locked, 330 Ticket, 50 Instant)
    Offer: 150% on first deposit up to INR 5,000 Register

  • Natural8
    Natural8

    Sign-up code "GUTSHOT"
    Offer: 200% bonus up to $500 or $100 in instant rewards Register

  • Pocket52
    Pocket52

    NA
    Offer: NA Register

  • Poker Tempo
    Poker Tempo

    Free Rs. 700 on Signup - 600 Ticket for 1 Lakh GTD tournament, 50 Instant, 50 Locked
    Offer: "WELCOME700" - First deposit bonus of 150% Register

  • PokerStars India
    PokerStars India

    Deposit Rs.500 and get First Deposit Bonus of Rs.2,500 + 5 tickets to Depositor Freerolls
    Offer: "IMIN2500" Register

  • Spartan Poker
    Spartan Poker

    Sign-up with "GUTSHOT"
    Offer: "GUT300X" to get 300% on your deposit Register

  • BLITZPOKER
    BLITZPOKER

    Sign-up with "GSBLZ"
    Offer: NA Register

BSU box banner

Want to share your thoughts about poker?

Then click the button to submit your article.

Facebook + Follow

Instagram + Follow

Pocket52 1 Lakh freeroll

Pocket52 1 Lakh freeroll