The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has announced that it had reported 183 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during 2019, representing a 31 percent decrease in warnings from 2018.
According to the IBIA, tennis accounted for most of the drop, producing 101 alerts in 2019–a 43 percent reduction compared to the 178 alerts recorded in 2018.
Although the number of warnings registered has decreased across all tennis levels, the greatest decline has been at the ITF level, which has seen a 46% decrease.
Elsewhere, in 2019 football was responsible for 49 of the warnings, nine of which occurred during Q4. The highest number for the total year of suspicious betting warnings originated in the UK, which had reported eight alerts.
Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “The decline in alerts is very welcome, especially as this is primarily a result of an improved level of integrity in ITF tennis, which has been the subject of particular scrutiny in recent years. However, there remains a clear threat from criminals intent on manipulating sport to defraud operators.
“Such illicit organised and targeted action has an impact on the reputation and financial well-being of sports and reputable betting operators alike.”
He added: “We continue to work closely with sports and our members to reduce that threat and to identify and punish such corruption, utilising the world’s largest operator-run and customer data led integrity system.
“Our rebranding and global repositioning in 2019 has aided our expansion with operators increasingly recognising the value and business necessity of engaging in collective action to protect their products against the loss of revenue resulting from betting corruption.”