Since he's still under house arrest, David Carruthers couldn't make it to Barcelona, but Sue Schneider read a letter from the former CEO of BetOnSports to attendees.

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"I am in the best physical shape of my adult life," Carruthers reassured the online gambling community.

Carruthers is also declining all interview requests until after trial, which be believes will take place some time in Spring or Summer of 2008. He also expressed confidence about his case.

"The (online gambling) industry jumped the red light at the cross roads and got stuck in the round about and is not sure how to exit. The industry needs to have strong leadership. It needs to pull together successfully and move forward towards regulation and leadership."