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IFHA Introduces On-Line Kitemark
Also in Paris, members of the International Federation Of Horseracing Authorities have introduced a "kitemark" standard for which on-line betting operators can apply, reported racingpost.co.uk. The IFHA aim "is to take the fight to illegal operations, but even legal UK-based interests, including exchanges such as Betfair, are likely to be resisted when the awards are made". To gain the IFHA Racing Trust Mark, operators "will have to prove they adhere to the 2 principles set out in Article 28 of the International Agreement (which was "thrashed out & signed" at last year's annual Paris conference): "that gambling services should not be offered to residents of countries where doing so is illegal; & that no operator should use a country's horseracing product for betting purposes without the express consent of the race organiser or its rights holder". The significance of the award "is most likely to be felt outside Europe" & Hong Kong Jockey Club chief executive Larry Wong likened its possible effect "to the steps taken within the music industry to stop illegal down-loading" noting: "None of the music operators has any interest in sustaining the product & that applies equally to illegal bookmakers, who pay nothing for the product but gain all of the benefits."