The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) reported 42 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during the first quarter (Q1) of 2022. The Q1 total is a reduction of 39% when compared to the 69 cases in Q4 2021 and is a similar decrease when compared to Q1 2021, which saw 64 alerts. Tennis (14 alerts), football (10) and table tennis (10) made up over 80% of the alerts reported during the quarter, with the remainder covering volleyball (4), pool (3) and esports (1). From a geographical perspective, European sporting events continued to provide the highest number of alerts with 55% of the Q1 total, followed by Asia with 24%.
Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “Alerts continue to fluctuate from quarter to quarter, but it is nevertheless welcome that Q1 saw a sizeable fall in suspicious betting, and potential corrupt activity, on IBIA members’ markets. That drop is more noticeable given that those alerts come from a substantially widened membership base in first three months of 2022, with the association set to become the leading integrity provider in the newly opened markets of the Netherlands and Ontario, and pushing across US states. That growth means that IBIA’s leading global integrity network is now significantly above the $137bn in annual betting turnover reported in 2021.”
Other key data for Q1 2022:
- 57 – the percentage decrease in tennis alerts (14) reported in Q1 compared to 33 in Q4 2021
- 50 – the percentage of table tennis alerts from matches played in Germany (5 of 10)
- 23 – countries where alerts on sporting events were reported during Q1
- 6 – alerts were reported on six different sports
The International Betting Integrity Association is the leading global voice on integrity for the licensed betting industry. It is run by operators for operators, protecting its members from corruption through collective action. Its monitoring and alert platform is a highly effective anti-corruption tool that detects and reports suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets. The association has longstanding information sharing partnerships with leading sports and gambling regulators to utilise its data and prosecute corruption. It represents the sector at high-level policy discussion forums such as the IOC, UN, Council of Europe and European Commission.