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PROTRACK » Pro Running HISTORY » VAL delegate admits paying a starter to fix a race - report from 1927

VAL delegate admits paying a starter to fix a race - report from 1927

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Victorian League Official Accuses Starters

The Referee
27 May 1927

At the meeting of the Victorian Athletic League on Wednesday,
one of the delegates caused a sensation when the question of
alleged malpractices by starters was being discussed. He said
that some time ago a starter at a certain country carnival had
said to him : "If you want to win, give me £3 and I will fix it for
"I paid him the £3 and I won", said the delegate. It was resolved that
if certain starters are not dispensed with at future carnivals, the
League will not sanction the meetings.

The proposal of Carnivals Ltd. to stage a £1500 athletic meeting at the
Motordrome was sanctioned, and the dates, February 9, 13, 16, and 18,
were agreed to. The principal event will be the Melbourne. Handicap of
£1000, and a contest of £250 for the world's sprint championship, over
four 'tests' of 75 yards, 100 yards, and 220 yards.

Frank Schultz, of Queensland, was fined £2 for alleged bookmaking at a
country meeting. J. E. Curran, winner of the 1923 Stawell Gift, was
suspended for allegedly entering under an assumed name. J. Bretherton
was fined £2 for running at an unregistered meeting. As it happened prior
to his winning the Craigieburn Gift of £20, he forfeited first place and prize
money. J. Harris, the Collingwood footballer, was fined 10/ for a mistaken
entry form.

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