IOC President Jacques Rogge says the Olympic committee will meet with governments and other interested organizations in March to discuss illegal betting in sports.

Rogge says illegal betting is a threat that needs to be met with the same "seriousness and unity" as doping and that the IOC is strengthening communication channels with all parties.

Rogge spoke Thursday at a symposium on the issue in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He said the IOC will convene a meeting on March 1 with sports officials, governments, public international bodies and sports betting operators.