North Korean Teams to Incheon
North Korea will send its men’s and women’s football teams to South Korea for the Asian Games later this year.
The ever-present political tension between the insular northern republic and the Asian Games host country led some to wonder whether this would be the case.
The KCNA news agency in North Korea listed the Asian Games as one of the events in which its football teams would be participating, according to Reuters.
North Korea previously boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics, both held in Seoul. The two countries are technically still in a state of war, since no peace treaty was signed at the end of the Korean War in 1953.
The event will run from September 19 to October 4.
China’s Help Needed in Match-Fixing Fight
A former FIFA security adviser says China’s “political strength and leadership” is key to the fight against match-fixing.
Chris Eaton, also formerly of Interpol, says the black market betting industry in China makes the country a “principal player.”
“Chine either needs to legalize and regulate sport betting or aggressively police and disrupt the illegal market. And Chinese police need to join forces with regional and international police to share intelligence on match-fixers and betting fraudsters,” Eaton told the South China Morning Post.
At a League One match last weekend in England, a Chinese national was questioned when he was seen acting suspiciously behind a goal. Officials believe he was feeding real-time match information to bettors back in China, who could then place bets before details came through official channels. The man was interviewed by the English FA’s fraud unit but released without charges.
“It is highly likely there was intelligence behind the incident, which shows the threat level we are at. It is also highly likely he was connected with a planned betting fraud.”
Eaton now works for the International Centre for Sport Security in Qatar. He was security adviser to FIFA at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin