A 30 per cent decline in suspicious betting alerts for the three months ended 30 September, 2019 has been reported by the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA)
A total of 50 alerts have been registered across six different sports. This means that the period was relatively level with the second quarter of this year, this was when he IBIA processed 51 alerts. However this was significantly lower than Q3 2018, when 72 alerts were filed.
Tennis was the sport which again generated the highest number of alerts during the period with a total of 30. This was 20 per cent more than in Q2, however it was 40 per cent lower than the prior year when 50 alerts were filed for the sport.
With 138 alerts being generated for tennis in 2019 to date, this has represented a 25 per cent year-on-year decline within the 184 cases flagged by 30 September 2019. But the IBIA have put this down to a reduction in alerts at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Tour level.
Football has then ranked in second with 15 alerts. This was ahead of basketball with two alerts, while beach volleyball, table tennis and horse racing all had one alert each.
Europe was responsible for the majority of alerts. It had a total of 21 processed in Q3 Tennis has accounted for 13 reports in Europe, with football second on six alerts, then horseracing and table tennis with one apiece.
Asia was then placed behind Europe, where they had 18 alerts. Eight of these were from tennis, with seven being from football, two in basketball and a single alert from beach volleyball.
Five alerts came from South America in Q3 – three from tennis and two from football. The four alerts from North America all came from tennis. Two tennis alerts were also filed in Africa, both of which originated in Morocco.
Sports betting integrity monitoring body IBIA has been running under its current name since rebranding from ESSA in June. At the time, the organisation said the name aims to highlight the operator-funded body’s international focus and the role it plays in raising awareness of betting-related integrity issues worldwide.