ESSA TO CAST ITS BEADY EYE OVER RIO OLYMPICS 2016
Prominent international sporting event to take flight next month.
Sports betting integrity body ESSA has strengthened its cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games next month.
The co-operation extends IOC’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS), covering all 306 events during the games, and a recently formalised collaboration with Interpol.
“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,” Khalid Ali, secretary general of ESSA explained.
“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. The IOC welcomes the continuing commitment of ESSA and its members in this fight,” concluded Pâquerette Girard Zappelli, the IOC’s Ethics & Compliance Chief Officer.