Tennis, esports, and football accounted for the majority of warnings, according to the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) report for Q1 2021.
Tennis provided 18 alerts, esports 17 alerts, and football 12 alerts, accounting for 75 percent of the 64 total alerts recorded, though it should be noted that this figure is ‘broadly comparable’ to the 68 cases in Q4 2020 and the 61 alerts in Q1 2020.
Six intelligence match reports were sent to the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) out of the 18 tennis warnings because they did not include events sanctioned by the major international tennis tours, while individual players involved in these events could be investigated by the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).
Following the three aforementioned sports, table tennis created seven instances, followed by basketball with five and volleyball with four, and horse racing with only one.
When compared to the 26 alerts registered in Q2 2020, the figure for table tennis has dropped significantly, with the seven alerts published remaining consistent with the alerts for Q3 and Q4 2020.
Returning to normal
Khalid Ali, CEO of the IBIA said: “After a difficult 2020, many operators appear to be close to normality in terms of their pre-pandemic market offering.
“This is reflected in the alert numbers and geographical spread for Q1, with a refocus on those sports that have traditionally and numerically dominated the betting offer globally, namely tennis and football.”
Geographically, Europe and Asia were found to be the continents responsible for the majority of cases, accounting for 66 percent of all cases. Cases were registered from 20 different countries, but Russia and Bulgaria accounted for a quarter of the alerts, with ten and six, respectively.
Working closely with sports
Ali concluded: “The association and its members continue to work closely with those sports, and indeed all sports that wish to engage with us, to identify potential corruption and to seek robust sanctions to punish and deter such illicit activity.”
The IBIA has agreements with a variety of betting companies, including Entain – which owns the Ladbrokes and Coral brands – William Hill, bet365, and BetVictor, and has recently expanded its presence in the European and American betting markets by incorporating Belgian company Gaming1.