Sports betting integrity body the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has revealed that 50 cases of suspicious betting activities were reported during the third quarter of 2019.

The total was down 30 per cent compared to the previous year’s 72 alerts, with tennis (30) and football (15) representing 90 per cent of all betting alerts reported during the quarter.

Europe (42 per cent) and Asia (36 per cent) maintained their positions as the primary location of sporting events on which alerts were generated during that period.

For the year to date, there were 138 reported betting alerts, representing a 25 per cent drop on the 184 cases reported at the same point in 2018. The IBIA said that this was primarily a result of a decline in tennis alerts, predominantly caused by a reduction in alerts from the ITF Tour level.

“The year to date has seen a significant downturn in alerts, notably on tennis,” said IBIA secretary general Khalid Ali. “We welcome the ongoing efforts of the sport to work closely with us and to identify and impose sanctions on corrupt players.

“The scope of the association’s unique and global leading monitoring system has been boosted by four new members during 2019, with discussions ongoing with a number of other companies interested in investing in integrity and protecting their businesses from corruption.”