The 2023 Sports Betting Integrity Report released by the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has revealed a significant decrease in suspicious sports betting alerts. The organization reported a total of 184 alerts in 2023, marking a decrease of 35% from the previous year. This is a substantial decline from the annual average of 244 alerts between 2019 and 2022. The data also showed that 74 matches were corrupted, leading to an increase in sanctioned violators.
The IBIA attributed its improved ability to recognize and deter suspicious betting activity to the inclusion of gambling companies responsible for over $137 billion of annual global betting turnover. The report highlighted the importance of requiring sports betting operators to join an international integrity monitoring body, citing Brazil’s new rules as an example.
IBIA’s CEO, Khalid Ali, expressed encouragement at the latest figures, emphasizing the impact of the organization’s monitoring and alert network. He also emphasized the ongoing threat to sports integrity from unregulated operators, particularly in Asia.
The report also revealed that alerts from tennis and soccer were the most reported. The organization’s alerts led to the successful sanctioning of 21 clubs, players, and officials, including tennis athletes, umpires, and snooker players. Soccer had the highest number of alerts, while tennis showed a significant decrease from the previous year.
Ali commended the decrease in tennis alerts and pledged to continue working closely with the International Tennis Integrity Agency and other tennis organizations to prosecute wrongdoers. He noted the effectiveness of strict sanctions in discouraging fraud.
Overall, the 2023 Sports Betting Integrity Report highlighted the progress made in combating suspicious betting activity and the importance of international cooperation in ensuring the integrity of sports betting.