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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, December 13, 2014
GENEVA---Putting sports offi-
cials on a legal level with political
dictators, Swiss lawmakers
passed legislation allowing more
scrutiny of bank accounts held
by governing bodies and their
The law passed yesterday, in a
128-62 vote in the lower chamber
of parliament, was prompted by
Fifa bribery scandals in recent
Switzerland-based sports leaders
such as Fifa pesident Sepp Blatter
and IOC president Thomas Bach
are now classed as "politically
exposed persons" in wider legis-
lation covering money-launder-
"Normally these rules are for
politicians and dictators," Swiss
lawmaker Roland Buechelsaid.
Buechel said the law also applies
to executive committee members
and employees of sports federa-
tions. There are more than 60
based in Switzerland, taking
advantage of traditional tax-
exempt status and light competi-
The vote was a clear sign
Switzerland has tired of its repu-
tation for going easy on the multi-
billion dollar sports industry.
During Fifa s recent attempts to
reform, its anti-corruption adviser
Mark Pieth challenged his home
country to stop being a "pirate s
The International Olympic
Committee approved of yesterday s
"The IOC fully supports and
welcomes this important move by
Swiss lawmakers---it is in line with
what the IOC already does," the
Lausanne-based body said.
The new law allows greater
scrutiny of "any strange move-
ment" in bank accounts and finan-
cial assets held in Switzerland only,
"We can only enforce law in our
country," he acknowledged. "It is
still an important step so that other
countries can follow."
Global compliance watchdog
Transparency International noted
the legislation s limits.
"For things happening in Africa
or elsewhere, or people who don t
have an account in Switzerland, I
don t think it will have a big
impact," said Jean-Pierre Mean, of
TI s Swiss chapter.
Further important legislation is
in progress with laws being drafted
to make corrupt acts in sports a
"This will be the really tough
one which normally applied to offi-
cials of parliament or companies,"
Buechel said. "It is already in com-
mittee, and will be in both cham-
bers of parliament next year."
Those laws could cover corrupt
acts abroad by non-Swiss residents
if linked to a sports election being
held in Switzerland.
Buechel suggested that a future
case of bribery in the Caribbean
linked to a Fifa presidential vote
in Zurich could be prosecuted in
Fifa typically also chooses its
home city to stage World Cup
hosting votes, which usually pro-
voke allegations of financial
However, it is unclear yet if
events outside Switzerland---such
as the vote scheduled in 2017 in
Lima, Peru, to choose the 2024
Olympics host---would be covered
by the upcoming legislation.
As lawmakers prepare the next
phase of legislation, Buechel said
the ongoing behaviour of sports
bodies and top officials would
influence the work.
really do their reforms and kick
their people out," he said. "If not,
the law will come out much
Swiss law allows
more scrutiny of
GOLD COAST---Australians Scott
Strange and Wade Ormsby shared
the second-round lead at the Aus-
tralian PGA yesterday, with
defending champion Adam Scott
two strokes behind and American
Boo Weekley three off the lead.
Strange shot a 6-under 66 and
Ormsby a 67 at Royal Pines for a
36-hole total of 9-under 135.
Scott, who confirmed he and
his wife are expecting their first
child in February, was in third place
after a 69, with Weekley, who had
a first-round 66, in fourth after a
72.South Korean Jin Jeong, who held
the first-round lead with a 65 and
was one of 78 players to complete
his opening round on Friday morn-
ing due to weather delays on Thurs-
day, was in a group tied for fifth
after a 74.
Jeong played 24 holes yesterday
and had only a 30-minute break
between his rounds.
Ormsby s round included a six-
hole run of an eagle and four birdies
on his front nine. Strange, a two-
time European Tour winner, joined
Ormsby in the lead with a birdie on
his final hole.
Scott is playing his third Aus-
tralian tournament in four weeks.
"It s big for me," he said. "Energy
levels are getting low and you can
see the end of the line but I m push-
ing through, I m doing my usual
routines. I really want to finish off
with a win." (AP)
Ormsby, Strange share
lead at Australian PGA
GOLD COAST---Golfer Adam Scott
and his wife, Marie Kojzar, are
expecting their first child in Feb-
Scott, who married Kojzar in a
private ceremony in the backyard
of their home in the Bahamas in
April, confirmed the pending birth
yesterday at the Australian PGA,
where he was two strokes from the
lead after two rounds.
Scott is defending his Australian
PGA title at Royal Pines on Queens-
land s Gold Coast, his third tour-
nament in four weeks.
He plans to take nearly two
months off and return to the US
PGA Tour in February---with the
couple s new arrival.
Scott says "I m just going to wing
it ... I don t know if I m prepared
but certainly there are plenty of guys
out there to lean on if I have any
Scott, wife expecting
first child in February
increased his lead to five strokes
after a 6-under 66 yesterday in
the second round of the Alfred
The South African had three
birdies on the front nine and
another four after the turn at
Leopard Creek Country Club to
move to 16-under 128 overall.
Grace, who won all four of his
European Tour titles in 2012,
dropped his only shot of the com-
petition on the par-3 fifth.
"This is a golf course that suits
me and if I keep hitting everything
in play the way I have been the
first two days then it should be a
good weekend," Grace said. "The
pins have been kind so far. I m
sure there s going to be a couple
of tricky and sticky pins out there
on the weekend but I ll just stick
to the game plan and see what the
next two rounds offer us."
Francesco Molinari (65) had the
low round to move into second
place. The Italian had five birdies
through the first 12 holes followed
by an eagle at No 13, but he missed
an opportunity to cut the deficit
to four strokes at No 14 when he
failed to make a three-foot putt.
"Five shots is still a very good
margin, but the greens are firming
up nicely so it might be slightly
different over the weekend," Moli-
nari said. "I started 12 behind this
morning and tried not to think
about it. I just tried to do my best
and I m really happy with how I
Tjaart van der Walt (67) is a shot
behind Molinari, while Shaun Nor-
ris (67), Lucas Bjerregaard (67) and
Danny Willett (69) are a further
shot behind at 9 under.
Defending champion Charl
Schwartzel, who is trying to
become the sixth European Tour
player to win the same event three
years in a row, shot 70 and is 11
strokes behind Grace.
Grace increases lead to
5 strokes in South Africa
Sepp Blatter...Fifa president.
Thomas Bach...IOC president.
Lee Westwood was relieved to card
a 1-under-par 71 in windier con-
ditions to trail Thailand Champi-
onship leader and English coun-
tryman Tommy Fleetwood by one
shot after the second round yes-
Westwood had five birdies against
four bogeys in rough he called brutal,
and considered he played well at
Amata Spring Country Club. The
2011 champ was at 3-under 141, tied
with Marcus Fraser of Australia (72).
Making his debut in the Asian
Tour event, new leader Fleetwood
shot 69, spoiled only by a bogey on
the fourth hole.
US Open champion Martin
Kaymer was at 3 under for the tour-
nament after 13 holes, but bogeys
on the 14th and finishing hole
dropped him to 1-under 143 and
into a tie for sixth with Thai No. 1
Thongchai Jaidee (71), and American
Paul Peterson (72).
Defending champion Sergio Gar-
cia (75) and two-time Masters win-
ner Bubba Watson (70) were at 2
Westwood by one
LONDON---Total prize money on
the ATP tour will surpass $100
million for the first time in 2015.
The ATP says prize-money
increases on the World Tour will
rise steadily over the next four
years and reach $135 million by
The biggest increase will come
in the top-tier Masters 1000 tour-
naments, with an overall 14-per
cent hike over the next four years.
Prize money for the 250 category
will increase by an average of 3.5
per cent during the same period.
ATP prize money to
surpass $100M in 2015
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