International Betting Integrity Association Reports Downturn
The International Betting Integrity Association has announced that the number of alerts for suspicious betting has fallen by 30%. Fifty cases were investigated in Q3 of this year, a number the IBIA described as a “significant downturn”.
The drop continues a year-on-year downward trend with the number of alerts falling by 25% from 184 cases at this time of year in 2018. With the most considerable improvement being shown at the International Tennis Federation Tour level.
The association revealed that tennis and football account for the vast majority of alerts it receives with the two sports responsible for 90% of the cases it investigates.
The secretary-general of the IBIA, Khalid Ali, praised the effort that sporting authorities had made that resulted in the falling numbers. Ali singled out the contribution that officials in the sport of tennis had made in identifying and sanctioning corrupt players. He also paid tribute to the monitoring systems that IBIA had developed, which enabled the discovery of suspicious bets.
Ali added that the four new members who teamed up with IBIA had boosted the association’s success rate and revealed that they were currently in talks with other sporting associations, saying;
Discussions are ongoing with a number of other companies interested in investing in integrity and protecting their businesses from corruption – Khalid Ali, IBIA secretary-general.
One of the existing partners of the IBIA, the Tennis Integrity Unit, appointed its first CEO last week. Jonathan Gray, who had worked in risk consultancy for 14 years, joins the TIU from US firm Control Risk. Gray served as a Senior Partner leading integrity oversight at many major sporting events and will start work with the Unit in January next year. The TIU had performed a global search for a new CEO, and Gray was considered the best candidate based on his skill set which closely aligns with the goals of the unit. He will lead a 20-strong team of investigators which will become the largest dedicated anti-corruption body in professional sport.
In a statement that Gray released after being confirmed as the new CEO, he said the job was an opportunity to work within a global sport and tackle the issue of corruption and doping. He added that he was passionate about ensuring that Tennis was a clean sport and praised the work the Unit had already done and said he was “looking forward to building on those strong foundations.”
The IBIA’s Monitoring & Alert Platform could be a significant reason why there was a reduction in cases of suspicious activity. It has proved to be a highly useful anti-corruption tool which monitors and detects suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets. The information from the tool produces a report which enables members to spot trends and take action.