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Rahul Dravid in favour of legalising betting

November 13, 2013 12:03 IST

Rahul Dravid in favour of legalising bettingFormer India cricket captain Rahul Dravid favoured legalising betting in the country.

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Asked if he was in favour of legalising betting in the country, Dravid said, "If it can help in reducing corruption, I am all for it."

He pointed out four integrity issues in Indian sport that require legal intervention.

Dravid was speaking at a special session on 'Ethics and Integrity in Sports' organised by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in New Delhi.

"While the subject matter of sports integrity is very vast in its scope, I would like to focus the attention of legislators and policy makers in our midst to matters that I believe require immediate attention.

"There are four integrity issues in Indian sport that require legal intervention, which are, age fraud, doping, deliberate under-performance and player involvement in the betting industry," said the former skipper.

The CBI chief Ranjit Sinha supported his view.

"If we can have lottery in states, casinos, why can't betting be legal," said Sinha.

Image: Rahul Dravid

Photograph: Stringer/Reuters