IBIA sees increase in suspicious betting

Football and tennis were responsible for the largest number of alerts.
Football and tennis were responsible for the largest number of alerts.

The international watchdog reported a 31 per cent rise in reports as sports resumed in Q3.

UK.- The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has revealed an increase in incidents of suspicious betting in Q3 as international sport resumed.

The London based watchdog reported 76 incidents to authorities during the quarter, up 31 per cent from 58 cases in Q2.

The suspicious betting alerts covered seven sports. Football and tennis together accounted for 66 per cent of all alerts, with 25 incidents each.

There was a steep rise in cases in esports, which was responsible for 14 alerts. Seven alerts were made regarding table tennis, two each for basketball and bowls and one for cricket.

The majority of alerts stemmed from Europe (34 incidents), followed by Asia (15 alerts) and North America (12). There was just one alert in South America. 

IBIA CEO Khalid Ali 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 as sports data collation and customer dispute resolution.”

Earlier this year the IBIA rolled out new procedures for sports betting complaints.

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