Suspicious betting cases drop 30% in Q3

The number of suspicious betting cases fell 30 percent in Q3 to 50, with the majority related to football and tennis, according to the The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA).

Year-to-date there have been 138 cases. In Q3, 30 were reported on tennis and 15 football making up 90 percent of the total. 

Europe accounted for 42 percent of alerts, with Asia at 36 percent. The IBIA’s definition of Asia stretches from China to Oman. There were three cases in China, two in India and two in the Philippines. 

 “The year to date has seen a significant downturn in alerts, notably on tennis,” said IBIA Secretary General Khalid Ali. “We welcome the ongoing efforts of the sport to work closely with us and to identify and impose sanctions on corrupt players.”

The scope of the association’s monitoring system has been boosted by four new members during 2019, with discussions ongoing with a number of other companies interested in investing in integrity and protecting their businesses from corruption, he said.

The 50 alerts reported during Q3 covered six sports. The 30 tennis alerts reported represent a 40 percent reduction on the 50 tennis alerts reported in Q3 2018. 

The annual total to date of 138 cases represents a 25 percent drop on the 184 cases at the same point in 2018.