GLMS issues 358 sports betting alerts as it issues Q3 activity update

The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has published its Q3 activity update, revealing it has made 358 sports betting alerts as the busy autumn period began
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The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has published its Q3 activity update, revealing it has made 358 sports betting alerts as the busy autumn period began. 

In the period up to 30 September, GLMS were alerted to 169 cases in Europe, 79 cases in Asia, 62 in South America, 21 in North America and 17 in Africa as it persists with its mission to ‘fight against Match Fixing and the safeguard of Sport Integrity and Values cooperating with public and private stakeholders globally’.

Breaking down the alerts by sport, football raised the most alarm for GLMS with 290 alerts, with the rest of the alerts made up by basketball, tennis, e-sports, handball, ice hockey and American football. 

The organisation stated that it is aiming to explain its processes to governing bodies around the world to help better understand when to flag up possible match-fixing issues. 

“We have been explaining the way our alerts and monitoring works, to sports and law enforcement partners within our partner projects, Integrisport Next, Integriball and KCOOS+ and have been contributing with our monitoring activities to the work of the Council of Europe’s Group of Copenhagen,” the organisation said in the report.

“Operationally, we conducted our second internal working group activity of the summer the Tokyo Games and had daily interactions and contact with the International Olympic Committee, in order to together work with our respective members and NOCs to ensure a safe competition.”

Meanwhile, the report also documented some of the events it has been included in throughout the later summer and early autumn period. 

In particular, GLMS highlighted its participation in the SBC Digital Italia event, in which President Ludovico Calvi moderated a discussion with several key stakeholders in combating match-fixing from the Italian authorities. 

Additionally, it picked out GLMS and members participating in the SBC Summit Barcelona in its key events of the quarter. GLMS and its members, La Française des Jeux, SISAL, as well as Sporting Solutions all participated on various panels.

Finally, GLMS’ President Calvi addressed its stakeholders, issuing an update on some of the challenges that the body faced during the summer and how COVID-19 impacted its work.

“During the last 3 months, GLMS team has been extremely busy with all major sports competitions such as Euro 2020, Copa America 2020, the Tokyo Olympics generating a lot of attention,” he remarked.

“The beginning of the new sports season and the various leagues has also heavily engaged the resources of our integrity hubs given the nature of such a very compressed sporting year. Further to that, the absence of athletes from competitions due to COVID cases throughout the whole sporting ecosystem, and the countless strict protocols implemented by all governments have created extra monitoring activities for our colleagues in the GLMS Hubs.”