The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has released a report stating that there has been a 35% decrease in suspicious alerts related to sporting corruption in 2023 compared to the previous year. The IBIA, which works to identify potential sports corruption through detecting suspicious betting activity, received 184 alerts in 2023, a significant decrease from 2022’s revised number of 285. The IBIA is responsible for monitoring over $137 billion of global betting turnover annually, making it the largest operator-run integrity monitoring body.

Football and tennis were the sports most affected by suspicious betting activity, with 63 alerts related to football and 54 related to tennis. While tennis alerts have decreased over the last five years, football alerts have risen for the last three years. Europe accounted for 61% of the reports, with the UK having the most alerts at 31, followed by the Czech Republic with 18. Brazil and Spain tied for third with 11 alerts each.

The IBIA’s efforts led to 74 matches being proven to be corrupt, with 21 sanctions handed out. Notably, the IBIA’s work only resulted in the sanctioning of one football club, despite the prevalence of football-related alerts in its reports.

Khalid Ali, the chief executive of IBIA, expressed encouragement at the decrease in global alert numbers, attributing it to the organization’s monitoring and alert network. However, he also emphasized the need to remain vigilant, particularly in the face of threats from unregulated operators in Asia.

The report from IBIA comes after a series of corruption sanctions in sports. The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) recently handed down a provisional suspension to Bosnian official Damjan Dejanovic for breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP). This followed previous sanctions against Bulgarian official Stefan Milanov and French player Leny Mitjana for corruption and match-fixing offences. Additionally, Bangladesh cricketer Nasir Hossain and West Indies’ Marlon Samuels also received bans from cricket authorities for breaching anti-corruption codes.

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