A new bill called “Prevention of offences in sports act 2020” was laid forth in the last session of National Assembly, in a bid to fight the menace of corruption in sports by implementing adequate laws against it.
Member of the National Assembly Iqbal Mohammad Ali, who presented the bill, was due to share relevant details in the next session of National Assembly.
However, Ali has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and is currently in isolation, because of which he was unable to attend the latest session. As a result of which, despite being on the ‘Order of the day’, the discussion on the bill has been postponed till the next session of the Assembly.
“I was unable to attend the session due to my illness. I am feeling much better and now the discussion on the bill will take place next week. In the next meeting, I will inform the members [of the National Assembly] about the details and benefits of this bill. After which, the bill will be forwarded to the committee for legislation,” said Ali while talking to Daily Express.
“We want Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to be involved in this process along with retired judges. Their involvement will help in introducing stringent laws against corruption in sports,” he added.
As per bill, a special task force will be employed, which will investigate claims related to corruption according to the criminal act. Offences linked to corruption in sports could result in a prison period of up to 10 years or a fine of Rs.100 million or both together.
The bill also proposes to punish curators, umpires and match officials who deliberately misuse their authority for financial or other gains.
It is to be known that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday dispatched its recommendations, regarding eradication of corruption in sports, to the country’s Primer Minister and the organisation’s Patron-in-Chief, Imran Khan.
A 77-page document, titled ‘Legislation on the prevention of corruption in sports’, was drafted to provide a comprehensive guide about PCB’s Anti-Corruption code while also detailing important aspects of a recent bill passed by the Sri Lankan Parliament — which criminalised several offences related to match-fixing among other things.