The fight against sports corruption has seen a number of bodies and stakeholders forming new links and the latest example has been unveiled this week.
The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) will now be sharing important data with the Sports Integrity Unit, which is part of the Malta Gaming Authority’s push to promote sports integrity. The Unit, which was set up this summer, aims to target match and spot fixing in sport.
The two bodies have signed an official Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which is the first time that the Unit and a major betting monitoring organisation have struck a deal.
Speaking about the partnership, the CEO at the IBIA, Khalid Ali, said that they would be offering the services of their sports betting monitoring set up that includes some of the global betting industry’s biggest operators, to help spot suspicious betting patterns. He also praised the MGA for their commitment to the cause of tackling sports corruption:
“The creation of the Sports Integrity Unit and its focus on tackling match-fixing is a very welcome move, which is why I am delighted to have reached this agreement with the MGA that will allow us to work collaboratively on integrity.”
The MGA Sports Integrity Officer, Antonio Zerafa, also commented on the deal. He said that the MGA had the fight against sports match fixing at the heart of its operations, and that success depended on working with other bodies, including betting operators.
The deal comes at the same time that the IBIA has officially praised the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for the steps it has taken to tackle tennis corruption. The IBIA played a role in drawing up recommendations produced by the tennis Independent Review Panel this year.