The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) reported 76 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during the third quarter (Q3) of 2020. The total is 31% higher than the 58 alerts in Q2 2020 and 52% higher than the 50 alerts in Q3 2019. The Q3 2020 alerts covered seven sports: 25 cases in football, 25 tennis, 14 eSports, 7 table tennis, 2 basketball, 2 bowls and 1 in cricket. A total of 195 alerts have been reported during Q1-3 2020.
Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “As anticipated, there has been an increase in suspicious betting alerts with the return of many sports during the quarter. IBIA’s figures also reflect a growing membership – we have announced four new members so far this year and further announcements are imminent – which in turn increases the association’s global betting market monitoring coverage. IBIA will continue to work closely with key stakeholders on betting integrity issues and also in related areas such sports data collation and customer dispute resolution.”
Other key data for Q3 2020:
- 66 – percentage of alerts in Q3 on football and tennis
- 34 – number of alerts on sporting events taking place in Europe (15 Asia, 12 North America, 1 South America and 14 with no specific country of origin; the latter relates to eSports)
- 23 – number of countries the Q3 alerts covered
The International Betting Integrity Association is the leading global voice on integrity for the licensed betting industry. It is run by operators for operators, protecting its members from corruption through collective action. Its monitoring and alert platform is a highly effective anti-corruption tool that detects and reports suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets. The association has longstanding information sharing partnerships with leading sports and gambling regulators to utilise its data and prosecute corruption. It represents the sector at high-level policy discussion forums such as the IOC, UN, Council of Europe and European Commission.