IOC appoints gambling monitor

July 29, 2016


The IOC has partnered with sports betting company Genius Sports to help stop betting related match-fixing.

The agreement will cover all competitions included in the IOC’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS), abortion which comprises the Olympic Games and a host of other events organised by various International Federations.

Genius Sports will use its Sport Integrity Monitor (SportIM) service to keep track of any suspicious betting patterns that take place during events, beginning with the 2016 Olympics. Anything unusual will be reported to the respective governing body, which will then decide on whether or not further action is required.

The IOC’s chief ethics and compliance officer, Pâquerette Girard Zappelli, said: “In 2013, we launched our Intelligence Betting Integrity System to collate alerts and information on match manipulation and, ever since, we have further optimised the mechanism.

“We have identified responsible organisations that can assist our global effort to prevent corruption and are delighted about our new partnership with Genius Sports. They will provide added value by making available their specialist skills, knowledge and technological expertise during the Olympic Games and other major sporting competitions organised by the IFs.”

The IOC partnership adds to Genius Sports’ portfolio of  international federations and professional leagues, which includes the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), English Premier League, Spanish LaLiga, Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).