News 18 September 2015

Sports Betting Integrity Action Plan published

Great Britain’s Gambling Commission yesterday published its Sports Betting Integrity Action Plan, formulated by the Sports Betting Integrity Forum (SBIF) and designed to outline Britain’s approach to addressing risks to the integrity of sport and sports betting. It sets out the expected roles of the Gambling Commission, which regulates gambling in Great Britain, law enforcement agencies, sports governing bodies, player associations, betting operators and the government in identifying and controlling risks associated with match-fixing and sports betting integrity.

The SBIF was set up last November and includes organisations such as sporting bodies, regulators, government agencies and gambling industry representatives. It is designed to ensure that all partners deliver their objectives to protect sport’s integrity, such as reporting obligations on gambling operators; education obligations on sporting organisations and regulatory compliance on the part of regulators.

In April, it set up a SBIF communications portal designed to improve communications between all partners in the project. An annual SBI Action Plan progress report will also be produced, and a public-facing website is also planned.

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