ESSA to explore key integrity issues at the home of cricket

ESSA to explore key integrity issues at the home of cricket

Friday, October 6, 2017 Posted by Luke Massey
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Lord’s Cricket Ground will host the event on Thursday 12 October

The home of cricket will play host to an industry event focused on the key integrity issues in sports betting, organised by international integrity body ESSA.

Held on 12 October at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, ESSA Secretary General Khalid Ali will open proceedings with a welcome speech that precedes a “diverse line-up of panellists” across four sessions.

Ali told TotallyGaming.com: “This event has been developed to explore some of the key current and future sports betting integrity issues facing stakeholders, notably the regulated betting sector.”

“We have a diverse line-up of panellists and some interesting sessions that look set to deliver an informative discussion,” Ali continued. “We’ve come a long way in recent years in understanding the threats and reacting to the integrity challenges facing us, and I hope that this event will add value to that important ongoing process.”

The morning will assess best practice for tackling match fixing and why elite performers choose to breach their own rules on betting, before the afternoon gets underway with the day’s headline panel.

‘Executive Panel: what’s the value of integrity to sports betting companies’ will feature Betway’s Anthony Werkman, William Hill’s Matthew Gerrard, Perform Content’s Ross MacEacharn and Sportradar’s Andreas Krannich, alongside Kindred Group CEO Henrik Tjärnström, who this week announced that his company plans to shut down Stan James to concentrate on marketing for Unibet.

The fourth and final panel, focused on the future challenges facing sports betting integrity, includes an appearance by Henk Kesler, Vice Chairman at the Netherlands Gaming Authority. Earlier this year, the regulator outlined some of the licensing requirements and procedures for a Remote Gaming Bill in the country, expected to be passed in parliament next year.

Totally Gaming says: This falls at a good time for ESSA, who recently helped secure funding from the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme for three new anti-match-fixing projects. Much like these projects, the sports betting integrity event at Lord’s represents an important part of ESSA’s goal to protect its members, consumers and sporting events from betting related corruption.

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