The unprecedented interest in women’s sport will create some unforeseen challenges. But authorities already recognise one unwanted consequence: heightened risks of corruption.
Soaring viewing figures for women’s sport – led by the Football World Cup, in which 11.7 million in the UK watched England’s semi-final – have been matched by the amount bet on matches. This is creating new opportunities for corruptors who want to fix games. Both Fifa and the International Cricket Council have intensified their efforts to safeguard the sports.
Worldwide, only about 15 per cent of sports betting is legal and fully visible to regulators, according to the International Centre for Sport Security, so it can be impossible for authorities to follow the money.
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