With the implementation of its revised statutes, the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has invited the Cyprus Sports Organisation (CSO) as its first Sport Associate Member.
As the country’s highest sports authority, CSO is a non-profit, semi-governmental organisation established in 1969. Its key objectives include the growth of out-of-school sports, the coordination of sports life in the region, the cultivation of Olympic ideas and the promotion of international sports in Cyprus, among others.
The group is also the organiser of the National Cypriot Forum against sports competition manipulation.
The extensive work conducted by CSO over the last decade to tackle the abuse of sports competitions in Cyprus will be assisted by associate membership with GLMS. Via related initiatives, the entity has already partnered with GLMS and is now looking to directly benefit from the various education , prevention and operational programmes that GLMS has to offer, including cooperation with other lotteries.
Ludovico Calvi, president of GLMS stated: “We are delighted to welcome CSO as our first Sport Associate Member of GLMS since the launch of our updated statutes. Having members such as CSO on board means enhancing the effectiveness of GLMS engagement against the phenomenon of sports competition manipulations, which since the pandemic outbreak has seen a spike in cases and a window of opportunities for criminal organizations and for fraudsters seeking to exploit weaknesses and take advantage of this moment of vulnerability of the ecosystem in the new normal.”
Dr Costas Solomou, CSO ‘s National Coordinator for sports exploitation problems, added: “Cyprus has worked extremely hard over the last few years to bring a coordinated approach to our fight against sports manipulations, by working with all relevant stakeholders – working with GLMS and its member lotteries is another big step in this direction.
“The consistent and evolving work of GLMS operationally and with regard to education and prevention to protect the integrity of sports and to encourage trans-sectoral exchange is vital. We are very proud to join the growing GLMS associate family and strengthen our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of sports integrity.”