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Sports Betting Integrity

The licensed betting industry is (i) a willing ally in the fight against corruption; (ii) an important commercial partner for the sporting sector; and (iii) determined to protect its customers. It is therefore committed to:

Protecting the integrity of sport

  • Assisting with fact-based assessments to identify the real risks; where they emanate from; and establishing a proportionate response to each.
  • Supporting and contributing to international agreements in pursuit of that objective (eg the IOC’s Working Group on irregular and illegal betting on sport which was begun in advance of the 2012 London Olympics)
  • Supporting concerted international action (such as that being considered by the IOC,  the Council of Europe, and the European Commission)
  • Investing resources, both physical and financial, to ensure that betting operators comply with all regulatory requirements and have the capacity and ability to monitor effectively all sports betting transactions and trends.
  • Encouraging sports to have and enforce internal rules to prevent those they are responsible for from corrupting events.

Information sharing

  • Supplying regulators and appropriate sports governing bodies with the data they need to combat integrity threats, subject to any legal restrictions.
  • Encouraging national and international statutory authorities to establish intelligence and information sharing capabilities and agreements.  This would ideally use specialist and dedicated resources such as those deployed by the British Gambling Commission’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU).
  •  Developing existing co-operation and information sharing mechanisms such as the ones deployed by ESSA and individual betting operators.

Working relationships

  • Working with governments, law enforcement agencies, gambling regulators and sports’ governing bodies to prevent corruption in sport.
  • Working with those same groups to improve the understanding of the risk management and controls that are employed by betting operators.
  • Supporting sports governing bodies in their efforts to establish clear, comprehensive, and consistent rules; good governance measures; and enforceable sanctions.

Education and training

  • Actively supporting  education and training for athletes and officials to highlight and combat the dangers of match-fixing.  For example by contributing to codes of practice, and funding programmes such as those run by EU Athletes and the Professional Players Federation.
  • Encouraging sports to provide suitable education and training for participants in order to fulfil their responsibilities in this area.

Licensed and regulated betting

  • Promoting the introduction of licensing regimes for betting operators (of whatever kind) in every country, to include measures that are designed to ensure the integrity of both betting and sports.