In a bid to crack down on suspect betting behaviour, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has initiated a comprehensive bet-monitoring procedure at the Doha 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.
The fresh cooperative effort promotes the continuing drive of the integrity body to combat competition manipulation and recognise when and where sporting corruption has happened.
AIU Chairman David Howman explained: “It is the AIU’s responsibility to proactively combat all forms of corruption and ethical misconduct in athletics, and that includes illegitimate betting practices and competition manipulation related to such activities.
“The risk in athletics is currently low relative to some other sports, but with growth in key betting markets our activities are designed to get ahead of the curve and discourage unethical behaviour in our sport before it takes place.”
Monitoring and exchange of data will take place in combination with three distinct associates: The International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions (OM Unit PMC), the Council of Europe’s Copenhagen Group and Sportradar.
AIU will work with the three distinct associates to detect betting trends and any betting anomalies to avoid or detect any market manipulation and conduct disciplinary procedures under the Integrity Code of Conduct where needed.
The AIU has helped to raise consciousness of the hazards connected with betting-related corruption by providing athletes and staff with education on ways to prevent market manipulation.
It stems from a comparable procedure in the past IAAF World Athletics Championships that saw the AIU commit to providing the subject with education.