Sports Integrity Conference in Geneva sees lottery and sport stakeholders convene to preserve the integrity of sports
Major stakeholders in the fight against match fixing and the preservation of sports integrity convened in Geneva on December 7, 2016 for the Sports Integrity Conference. The conference, which was part of the two-day International Sports Convention 2016 (ISC), was supported and organized by the European Lotteries (EL) and the World Lottery Association (WLA). More that 20 international speakers from the International Olympic Committee and UEFA through to the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and the academic community came together to discuss the integrity of sports, its integral relationship with the lottery industry, and the ongoing fight against match-fixing.
Basel: The stakeholders agreed that the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions is essential for the facilitation of cross-border information sharing, and as a framework for the development of national platforms. The significant contribution of EL and WLA member lotteries in the fight against match-fixing through the establishment of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) was highlighted. Many speakers also emphasized that international cooperation is vital in the battle against corruption in sports. More than 100 participants attended the conference.
Commenting on the Sports Integrity Conference, WLA President Jean-Luc Moner-Banet said, “Lotteries are one of the primary partners of sports. As such, they have a strong commitment to preserving the integrity and credibility of sports. Lotteries have played a pioneering role in the fight against match fixing. For many years we have been active in the areas of education and capacity building, the sharing of information, and the monitoring of betting patterns – most recently through the establishment of the GLMS. The Sports Integrity Conference was an excellent platform for consolidating lessons learned and coordinating a united direction for the future. We all need to keep actively working together to enhance the impact of education and prevention initiatives, the sharing of information, and the active monitoring of betting patterns. The GLMS will play an essential role in this regard.”
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The World Lottery Association (WLA) is an international, member-based organization of state-authorized lotteries and suppliers to the global lottery industry. Its mission is to advance the collective interests of its members and to facilitate their development through the provision of a range of lottery-related services, such as internationally recognized lottery sector standards.
WLA Lottery Members are organizations licensed or authorized to conduct lotteries or sports betting operations in a jurisdiction domiciled in a state recognized by the United Nations. The majority of their net revenues must be dedicated to supporting the public good. As stipulated by the WLA Code of Conduct, all WLA Member Lotteries may only sell their products to consumers within the jurisdiction in which they are licensed. WLA Associate Members are suppliers of goods and services to the lottery or sports betting industries whose business practices conform to the aims and objectives of the association. Currently, there are more than 145 WLA Lottery Members and more than 65 WLA Associate Members drawn from over 80 countries spanning five continents.
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