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ESSA and IOC strengthen integrity ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics

ESSA said that it will heighten security precautions during the Olympic Games to protect all 306 events from betting-related corruption, having previously collaborated with the IOC during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Since then the IOC has introduced a number of additional integrity measures, including the establishment of the IOC Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS), and a cooperation agreement with Interpol.

“The information sharing relationship with betting companies is a key pillar of the IOC’s integrity strategy and is a crucial part of the IBIS system,” said Pâquerette Girard Zappelli, the IOC’s ethics and compliance chief officer.

“It is an approach that is based on partnership and cooperation between parties with a mutual goal to prevent corruption from destroying the ethics and values of sport. The IOC welcomes the continuing commitment of ESSA and its members in this fight.”

ESSA members now number 21 regulated betting operators, which feed into its alert and reporting system to identify suspicious betting activity during events. 

“Sport isn’t sport unless it is fair and its outcome not predetermined, and whilst we haven’t seen any unusual betting activity in previous Games, we are not complacent about the dangers that corrupters continue to present to the sporting and betting sectors,” said Khalid Ali, secretary general of ESSA.

“ESSA and its responsible regulated members are intent on doing all we can to help the IOC to protect the world’s pinnacle multi-sport event from betting related corruption.”

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