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Treaty to fight match-fixing in sports takes effect with European backing

Under the legally binding Macolin treaty, a special committee will be set up to create procedural rules and a mandate.

The national sports complex in La Paz, Bolivia
The national sports complex in La Paz, Bolivia, where the nation's late football boss Carlos Chavez was caught up in the FIFA scandals (AN/Dennis Jarvis)

GENEVA (AN) — An international treaty against match-fixing in sports competitions took force in what proponents called significant progress in the fight against rigged gambling, bribery and other rampant corruption.

The Macolin Convention, formally called the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, has been signed by dozens of nations but required at least five members of the Council of Europe, or COE, to ratify it before it could take effect.

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