The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) and the Gambling Commission of Great Britain (the Commission) share a commitment to protect the integrity of sports and sports betting. This agreement formalises the informal partnership that has been in place for some time. Under the agreement, GLMS and the Commission will exchange information on suspicious betting to help safeguard the interests of British consumers.
The Commission leads Britain’s national platform, as per article 13 of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions. They also play an active role within the Group of Copenhagen (GoC), the network set up by the Council of Europe, bringing together the national platforms of several Member States. Working together with a number of regulatory authorities and national platforms – as well as the GoC – GLMS is looking forward to supporting the Commission and notably its Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) in its role in gathering intelligence related to potentially corrupt betting activities.
GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi states: “We are very excited to formalise our partnership with one of the most responsible and active regulatory authorities in the world. The Gambling Commission of Great Britain has played a significant role in recent years in the fight against sport competitions manipulations in Britain and beyond and we always valued their pioneering attitude and investigative approach. I am convinced that this partnership will further enhance our mutual efforts to address the phenomenon of sport competition manipulations globally and effectively”.
Richard Watson, Executive Director of Enforcement and Intelligence of the Gambling Commission adds “We are pleased to be signing this MOU. GLMS have shown they have considerable experience in monitoring betting data and access to information from Lotteries all over the world. This will help continue to build our sources of information to tackle the issue of betting integrity and prevent match fixing”