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Too much at stake to uphold sport integrity? High-performance athletes’ involvement in match-fixing

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posted on 07.02.2020, 13:58 by Minhyeok TakMinhyeok Tak, Michael P Sam, Chang-Hwan Choi

Non-betting-related match-fixing constitutes an important integrity issue in contemporary sports. With varied forms ranging from passive tanking to the purposeful, coercive, calculated bribing of others to gain advantages, non-betting-related match-fixing can be a form of corruption that deters sport development. This paper examines high-performance athletes’ involvement in non-betting-related match-fixing in South Korea. Drawing from survey data (n=731), this paper describes and analyses the prevalence of match-fixing, its locales (i.e., levels of competition) and origins (i.e., who made the offer/approach). Results show that: (1) 74 athletes (10.12%) were approached to take part in match-fixing, while 33 of those athletes (4.51%) actually participated; and (2) the match-fixing offers were usually made ‘by coaches’, ‘at high school-level nationwide competitions’, ‘for the purpose of entering universities’. Finally, this paper concludes by suggesting that the excessive incentives (e.g., university admission) linked with elite sport development structures may account for the strong motive behind non-betting-related match-fixing, and its endangering of sport integrity.

Funding

Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2016S1A5B5A02025028)

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Crime, Law and Social Change

Volume

74

Pages

27 - 44

Publisher

Springer Science and Business Media LLC

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Springer

Publisher statement

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Crime, Law and Social Change. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-020-09887-1

Publication date

2020-02-04

ISSN

0925-4994

eISSN

1573-0751

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Minhyeok Tak Deposit date: 7 February 2020