The International Olympic Committee is worried that match-fixing scandals that have erupted in European soccer leagues and professional tennis could rear their ugly heads at the Olympics.

Apparently, worried by match-fixing in other sports, the IOC has signed a deal to implement the same early warning system used by football’s governing body FIFA to track betting on World Cup qualifying games.

This seems to be a reaction to news that for the 2008 OIympics, European and UK-based bookmakers say they are looking forward to offering more markets on more Olympic sports than ever before.

It's not clear, however, what sort of odds bookies like Ladbrokes or William Hill are offering on whether pro-Tibet protesters will mar the Olympic opening ceremonies or the running of the marathon, which starts in Tiananmen Square.