Khalid Ali, IBIA: Tackling sports betting corruption

Tackling issues such as match-fixing and betting corruption has been a priority for regulators and betting operators alike, with more and more operators signing up to global monitoring and alert platforms such as those offered by the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA).

Speaking to Khalid Ali, CEO of the IBIA, at Betting on Sports he explained that regulators have identified sports betting and integrity as a key area of focus.

He said: “When these markets are opening up, there are a number of threats that they are going to deal with. And of course one of the top issues is sports betting and integrity. One of the key things that I’ve seen over recent years is how regulators are seeing this as a priority area, and they need to have a solution to deal with this. We all know that match fixing is cross-border, has a big international dimension.

“One of the things that we’re advocating is that actually if you are setting up a licence in a country – if you’re a jurisdiction or you’re a regulator, you should also be asking as a requirement that if an operator is going to be licensed in that country, they should be part of an international monitoring network.”

IBIA has seen a significant growth in membership over 2019, with a partnership network of around 50 online and retail brands.

The association has longstanding information-sharing partnerships with sports and gambling regulators to utilise its data and prosecute corruption, representing the sector at high-level policy discussion forums such as the IOC, United Nations, Council of Europe and European Commission.

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