IBIA Reports Six Suspicious Bets Across The Americas In Q3 2021
The International Association for Betting Integrity (IBIA) reported 65 cases of suspicious betting to relevant authorities in Q3 (Q3) 2021, down 14% from Q3 2020, which recorded 76 alerts.
Alerts for the third quarter of 2021 came from 28 different countries and covered nine different sports. Tennis had the most cases with 23, followed by football (18), table tennis (17), esport (two) and one for handball, cricket, squash, basketball and futsal.
Geographically, Europe accounted for 39 alerts, or nearly 60% of all alerts reported in the third quarter, followed by Asia with 10 alerts, Africa with eight alerts, and North America and from South America with three alerts each.
For the North American alerts, two alerts concerned tennis (one in Mexico, one in the United States) while the other concerned cricket (Saint Kitts and Nevis). For South American alerts, all three were from Brazil, two for football and one for futsal.
Khalid ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “The 65 cases in the third quarter bring the nine-month total to 167 alerts, down 17% from the same point in 2020 with 202 alerts. Tennis provided the most alerts in the first three quarters with 47, followed by football with 46, table tennis with 33 and esports with 25 cases. These four sports accounted for 90% of alerts reported in the first nine months.
Ali also praised the decision by the Canadian province of Ontario to require all of its licensed betting operators to be part of an integrity watchdog.
He continued: “The benefits of being part of an international integrity watchdog continue to be recognized; the association welcomes the decision of the Ontario authorities to require all licensed betting operators to be part of an integrity monitoring body, a position which is already in effect in the recently opened market in the Netherlands. IBIA members are well positioned in these markets.