The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has published its report into suspicious betting alerts for the third quarter of 2021, with football accounting for the majority of cases.
A total of 290 alerts were raised by football – a trend exhibited in GLMS’ interim 2020 and Q1 2021 reports – whilst the remainder were spread across esports at 29, basketball at 18, tennis at 17, American football at two and lastly handball and ice hockey at one alert each.
Of the 358 cases the GLMS was alerted to, 26 notifications were subsequently sent to GLMS international partners, as well as eight integrity reports, of which 12 were sent to FIFA, 10 to UEFA and nine to other organisations.
From a geographical perspective, 169 cases of suspicious wagering activity originated in Europe, followed by 79 in Asia, 62 in South America, 21 in North America and 17 in Africa.
“We have been explaining the way our alerts and monitoring works, to sports and law enforcement partners within our partner projects, Integrisport Next, Integriball and KCOOS+ and have been contributing with our monitoring activities to the work of the Council of Europe’s Group of Copenhagen,” the organisation said in the report.
“Operationally, we conducted our second internal working group activity of the summer, the Tokyo Games and had daily interactions and contact with the International Olympic Committee, in order to together work with our respective members and NOCs to ensure a safe competition.”
Detailing its objective to ‘fight against Match Fixing and the safeguard of Sport Integrity and Values cooperating with public and private stakeholders globally’, the organisation has formed partnerships with organisations such as the FIFA Global Integrity Workshop during the third quarter, whilst also making appearances at two SBC Summit events.
In its update, the GLMS highlighted the recent SBC Summit Barcelona event, in which its members including Sporting Solutions, SISAL and La Française des Jeux featured across a range of panels.
Earlier in the year, GLMS President Ludovico Calvi appeared at the SBC Digital Italia conference, where he moderated a conversation between key industry figures regarding Italian authorities efforts to counter match-fixing.
Addressing stakeholders in the update, Calvi said: “During the last 3 months, GLMS team has been extremely busy with all major sports competitions such as Euro 2020, Copa America 2020, the Tokyo Olympics generating a lot of attention.
“The beginning of the new sports season and the various leagues has also heavily engaged the resources of our integrity hubs given the nature of such a very compressed sporting year.”