UN participates in sports integrity debate in Brazil

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Five panels of experts discussed the importance of integrity in professional sports in Brazil.

United Nations (UN) representatives have participated in a sports integrity event in Brazil, which was organised by Genius Sports.

Brazil.- The legal sports betting market in Brazil seems to be just around the corner. Thus, the authorities are focusing on ensuring the safety of consumers. An event from Genius Sports was organised in Brasilia, in which United Nations (UN) representatives participated.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) participated in the event last October 2 in Brasilia. The International Institute of Governance and Risk (GovRisk) and sports data and communications company Genius Sports organised the event. The Brazilian Olympic Committee (C.O.B.), the Court of Sports Arbitration, Interpol, the Federal Police, the Public Ministry and the Ministry of Economy also participated.

Five panels of experts discussed the importance of integrity in professional sports in Brazil. They talked about the growing relevance of technology to identify suspicious activity in gambling, and the danger of illegal gambling markets.

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They also discussed the legislative and regulatory changes that the Brazilian gambling industry is set to face. Moreover, the authorities talked about ways to create networks of local, national and global cooperation with legislators, regulators, enforcement agencies, prosecutors, data providers and betting operators.

UNODC was represented at the event by the coordinator of the rule of law unit, Nivio Nascimento. The opening table was attended by João Batista Brito Pereira, president of the Superior Labor Court (TST). Dominic Le Moignan, Director of Government Projects at GovRisk. Chris Dougan, representative of Genius Sports. Alexandre Manoel Angelo da Silva, Secretary of Evaluation, Planning, Energy and Lottery of the Ministry of Economy also participates.

Alexandre Manoel said that there are three recent positive changes in national regulation: “A clearer legal framework, the implementation of missing modalities and the opening to competition of the lottery market,” he said.

According to Dominic Le Moignan, the event was important to unite the public and private sector in the same environment. And hold a debate about sports integrity.

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