The 2023 sports betting integrity report from the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has shown a significant decrease in suspicious sports betting alerts. According to the report, there were a total of 184 alerts reported in 2023, marking a decrease of 35% compared to 2022, when 285 alerts were recorded. The annual average number of alerts between 2019 and 2022 was 244, further highlighting the decrease in suspicious betting activity.
In addition to the 184 alerts, the IBIA data revealed that 74 matches were corrupted, leading to an increase in the number of sanctioned violators. The organization attributed its improved ability to recognize and deter suspicious betting activity to the fact that it now comprises gambling companies responsible for over $137 billion of annual global betting turnover.
The report also emphasized the importance of requiring sports betting operators to join an international integrity monitoring body, citing Brazil’s new rules as an example. IBIA’s chief executive officer, Khalid Ali, described the figures as “encouraging” and stressed the organization’s commitment to making a difference in monitoring and alerting.
Ali also highlighted the ongoing threat to sports integrity from unregulated operators, particularly in Asia. Despite the progress made, vigilance is essential to combat this threat.
The report also provided insight into the most reported sports for suspicious betting activity, with soccer and tennis at the forefront. Soccer had the highest number of alerts at 63, while tennis was the second most reported sport with 54 alerts. This represents a significant decrease from the 206 tennis alerts reported in 2022.
The IBIA confirmed that its alerts led to the successful sanctioning of 21 clubs, players, and officials in 2023, including tennis athletes, umpires, and snooker players. Mr. Ali praised the decrease in tennis alerts and expressed the organization’s commitment to working closely with the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) to prosecute wrongdoers. He also noted the effectiveness of strict sanctions in deterring fraud in sports.