The Commission will be assisted in its work by forensic auditors and other experts from overseas.
The proposed Terms of Reference of the Commission of Inquiry are as follows:
To inquire into, and report on –
(a) the organisation, management and administration of horse racing in Mauritius, including –
(i) the procedures relating to the licensing of stables, nominators, trainers and freelancers, as well as the registration of horse owners;
(ii) the procedures for the recruitment of jockeys, in particular foreign ones;
(iii) the procedures for the purchase of race horses, and the source of funds for such purchases;
(b) the technical, veterinary, security, and other related measures currently in place to ensure that no horse taking part in any race is tampered with;
(c) the occurrences of a series of incidents that have taken place recently during races, including dubious performance of certain horses and their jockeys;
(d) the exact role and responsibilities of the Chief Stipendiary Steward, and actions recommended or taken by him since his appointment as such;
(e) the existing rules of racing with a view to ascertaining whether they are being applied indiscriminately and in all objectivity and even-handedly, so as to stand the test of transparency and accountability, and whether they are compatible with international best practices;
(f) the conduct of betting operations on horse racing by bookmakers and totalisator operators, including on-line systems and off-race course betting;
(g) any financial malpractices, including impropriety, illegal betting and illicit flow of funds in the organisation of betting, including ill-gotten gains from fraud in relation to horse racing;
(h) any conflict of interest on the part of any person in relation to his involvement in horse racing;
(i) all aspects of horse racing in Mauritius, including the advisability of setting up a Mauritius Turf Authority to oversee the overall organisation, management and administration of horse racing in Mauritius; and also report on any matter to (a) to (i) above, and make recommendations thereon.
The names of the Chairperson and the Commissioners will be announced shortly.