Never let it be said that we don’t live in interesting times. While the boks do their thing in England, it’s been remarkable to note that the Springboks and other teams have had to sign anti-corruption contracts. In an age when corruption has poisoned every corner of society, including some of our most beloved sports, this year the Rugby World Cup organisers are not taking any chances with a tournament set to break betting records around the world.
While other sports have been torn apart by anti-corruption breaches, the RWC says the world of rugby still thankfully remains clean, but that it won’t take any chances, and that prevention is better than cure. It says that Rugby is now part of the Olympic family and anti-corruption considerations are an integral part of the Olympic Charter and that it has a wider responsibility to uphold the principles of fair play and integrity in every aspect of the tournament.