The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revealed that seventeen sports federations have signed up to its Integrity Betting Intelligence System as part of its attempt to step up the fight against manipulation and corruption in sports.
This week a dedicated IOC Sports Integrity Workshop took place in Lausanne, which saw the IOC, INTERPOL and both the Summer and Winter Olympic International Federations (IFs) look into how best to protect sport from competition manipulation.
At the workshop, co-organised by the IOC, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), the IOC presented its Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS) to the sports federations.
It said that IBIS had been designed to become the “primary source of betting information for the Olympic Movement”, which will help it to “step up the fight against manipulation and corruption linked to sports betting.”
IBIS is not a betting data provider of a monitoring system, but collects and distributes information and intelligence related to sports betting for use by all stakeholders of the Olympic Movement. It enables communication between all partners on the sports side and the different entities involved in sports betting.
All seven International Olympic Winter Federations signed up for the service, ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, for which IBIS was operational for the first time.
With the next Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, the IOC claimed that all 28 Olympic Summer Federations will have signed up to IBIS and will be integrated into the IOC’s intelligence system.
Ten of them are already on board, with the latest additions being the sports of aquatics, boxing, and most recently badminton. Football will continue to use its own monitoring system, but has already signed a partnership agreement with the IOC committing to a mutual exchange of information.
IOC director general Christophe De Kepper said: “The high participation of IFs in today’s workshop and the great interest they have shown in joining IBIS is very encouraging. Clearly, the IFs have a major role to play when it comes to protecting their sports from competition manipulation, and today was another occasion for the IOC to give them the tools to do so.
“The IOC runs and finances IBIS which remains operational between editions of the Olympic Games. It is only logical for the IFs to take advantage of this opportunity and use IBIS at their major international events and other multisport events.”
Earlier this week, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) reaffirmed its commitment to fighting illegal betting, match-fixing and corruption in sport by signing up to IBIS. The system will IBIS will enable BWF and its 180 members associations to access an extensive network of monitoring and data-sharing across sports, event owners and the major sports betting entities.
BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer said that the partnership and access to a vast platform of data and intelligence will bolster BWF’s efforts to ensure badminton is a clean sport that upholds the principles of fair play.
“We are pleased to join with IOC and other international federations in the fight against corruption in sport. We expect IBIS to have a positive impact and we look forward to benefiting from it,” he said. “This is a significant ideal to which we all subscribe – that sport must be played in an environment devoid of illegal betting, match fixing or any other forms of corruption or manipulation – and BWF will continue to do its utmost to uphold this and to spread this philosophy among its global membership.”
IOC sports director Kit McConnell said that IBIS will be in place not only for the badminton competitions at the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games, but also for BWF’s major tournaments.
“IBIS was successfully in operation for the first time during the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with all Olympic Winter IFs taking part in the project,” said McConnell. “The objective is now to integrate all Olympic Summer IFs in the run-up to the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio.”