- 26 Jul 2018
IBIS, cross-sectoral collaboration 365 days a year
Betting on all Olympic competitions has been monitored since the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. To step up its efforts in this field, the IOC in late 2013 created the Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS), operational during every Olympic Games since Sochi 2014. However, IBIS is not only functional during the Games, but is permanently available to International Federations (IFs), National Federations (NFs), major event organisers, National Platforms (Group of Copenhagen) and sports betting operators, whenever there is a need for intelligence.
The most important feature of IBIS is that it brings together the betting industry and the sports movement. It offers a unique IT platform for the sharing of intelligence with sports betting regulating authorities, betting operators, sports betting associations and monitoring providers on one side, and sports organisations and competition/event organisers on the other. All partners involved have established a single point of contact who are able to log in. They include the largest private and public betting operators (e.g. bet365, BWin, William Hill, Paddy Power Betfair, Pinnacle etc.) and the most important regulating entities at a global level (e.g. Malta, Gibraltar and Nevada).
IBIS is based on reciprocity. Regulators and operators commit to pass on all alerts and relevant information on potential manipulation connected to sports betting on the selected events. The IOC then aggregates and analyses the information received before passing it on to the sports organisations concerned. Subsequently, the respective sports organisations are responsible for deciding how to deal with the information. Any information on analysis or action undertaken by the sports organisations is passed back to the relevant stakeholders that were at the origin of the alert. If sports organisations have a reason to suspect wrongdoing without having been alerted, they can also request information proactively from IBIS.
IBIS therefore serves as an intelligence exchange platform that goes beyond any automatic monitoring system. It aims to provide its stakeholders with actionable intelligence and enhance the transparency and trust among people and entities in the fight against competition manipulation. Integrity issues related to betting and competition manipulation involve a wide range of stakeholders, and that is exactly why cross-sectoral collaboration is key. To learn more about IBIS, click here.
In May, Malaysian badminton players Tan Chun Seang and Zulfadli Zulkiffli were suspended by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) from competing in their sport for 15 and 20 years respectively for breaching the BWF Code of Conduct in Relation to Betting, Wagering and Irregular Match Results. IBIS supported the uncovering of the manipulation. Both Malaysians have also been banned from any involvement in badminton for 15 and 20 years respectively. The bans cover administrative, coaching, officiating or developmental functions. In addition, Tan has been fined USD 15,000 while Zulkiffli has been fined USD 25,000 by a BWF Ethics Hearing Panel. Read more here.
The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) sanctioned three athletes from Romania earlier this year who had placed bets on their own sport, teams and matches during the 2017 CEV Cup. The cases were detected through IBIS. The athletes were banned from competition for between six and 18 months and had to pay fines corresponding to the amount betted and the profits stemming from the bets. The full decisions are published on the FIVB website (2017-03a; 2017-03b; 2017-04).