Badminton World Federation boosts anti-corruption efforts with IOC partnership

Badminton World Federation boosts anti-corruption efforts with IOC partnership

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Badminton World Federation (BWF), the sport’s global governing body, has moved to strengthen its efforts to combat illegal betting, match-fixing and corruption by signing up to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS). 

Developed by the IOC, the global body that oversees the modern Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, the IBIS system is an intelligence-sharing platform that helps international sports federations see off threats of corruption. 

The IOC said the system allows users to safeguard their sports from illegal betting activities, provides them with an intelligence and information exchange, as well as supplying users with a framework for transparency, confidentiality and trust. 

The BWF and its 180 member federations around the world will now have access to this network of monitoring and data-sharing, which stretches across various sports, event owners and major sports betting entities.

As part of the agreement, the BWF has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the IOC to mark the partnership, with the IBIS system due to become effective from January 2015.

“This is a significant ideal to which we all subscribe – that sport must be played in an environment devoid of illegal betting, match fixing or any other forms of corruption or manipulation – and BWF will continue to do its utmost to uphold this and to spread this philosophy among its global membership,” BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer said.
 
The BWF becomes the latest body to sign up to the system alongside seven winter Olympic sports as well as an increasing number of summer sports federations. The system will be in place well ahead of the 2016 summer Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
 
Kit McConnell, sports director at the IOC, added: “IBIS will be in place not only for the badminton competitions at the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games, but also for BWF’s major tournaments.

“IBIS was successfully in operation for the first time during the Olympic winter Games in Sochi with all Olympic winter international federations taking part in the project."

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