Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) President Ludovico Calvi urged Latin American lottery organisations to join his association and thereby demonstrate their commitment to sporting ethics, the call made during the recent 17th Congress of CIBELAE in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Addressing delegates, Calvi spoke about the benefits of GLMS membership, stressing the importance of the educational and awareness services it offers to its members, fostering stronger relationships with partners in national sports and law enforcement.
At the same time, he emphasised the importance of the GLMS Code of Conduct, which lotteries could use as a straightforward and practical guide to establish a responsible and sustainable sports betting activity.
Calvi continued to explain the basic provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on Manipulation of Sport Competition, adopted in September this year, calling on lottery operators to collaborate with their governments to sign and ratify the agreement.
He also stressed the importance of national channels in the fight against the abuse of sporting competitions (as per Article 13 of the Convention). After describing briefly the framework of a number of existing national platforms, he called on Latin American Lotteries to unite investors in their countries, sports and law enforcement to build their own active national platforms.
In the wake of the event, Calvi stated: “I would like to thank and congratulate CIBELAE for the excellent organisation of the congress, which gave the opportunity to the lottery community in the region to discuss key topics.
“The integrity of sports is indeed one of the most significant issues that the lottery community has to deal with nowadays and I would like to reiterate the significance for lotteries in the region to join our GLMS family, helping us to further strengthen the ‘glocal’ dimension of our intelligence work and show their solidarity to the 32 Lotteries across the globe, which have joined forces to prevent sport from being infiltrated by criminal activity.”