The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has reported a decline in the number of integrity-related betting alerts in the third quarter of 2019.
The IBIA, which was formerly known as ESSA, has added new members to its association during the year, including Bet on Alfa, Virgin Bet and the Bethard Group, enabling it to offer an even more comprehensive picture of the problem of betting integrity.
But in announcing its quarterly findings the IBIA has been able to report a significant drop in the number of alerts to regulatory authorities as a result of unusual betting patterns.
Europe and Asia
Their evidence shows that there were 50 such cases during the period in question, made up mostly of alerts relating to football and tennis, which accounted for 90% of the issues, although four other sports also featured in the list.
According to IBIA, 42% of cases came from Europe, with 36% originating in Asia, reflecting the fact that the two continents are responsible for most of the major sporting activities globally during that period. And although the total of 50 alerts was only down slightly on the 51 recorded in the second quarter, it is a significant reduction on the 72 reported at this stage last year.
The IBIA report that the main factor in the reduction has been a dramatic fall off in tennis-related alerts, most notably at the ITF level, where a number of steps have been taken to tackle integrity problems following some high-profile cases.
Speaking about the findings, the IBIA Secretary General, Khalid Ali, said that they showed that the efforts of a number of bodies to tackle integrity problems had borne fruit:
“The year to date has seen a significant downturn in alerts, notably on tennis. We welcome the ongoing efforts of the sport to work closely with us and to identify and impose sanctions on corrupt players.”