Tennis continues to dominate suspicious betting alerts

Tennis continues to dominate suspicious betting alerts

Friday, April 15, 2016 Totally Gaming
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Tennis again dominated instances of suspicious betting during the first quarter of 2016, after being the subject of 60 per cent of alerts in 2015.

Figures released by the ESSA sports integrity unit show that nine of the 11 alerts were related to tennis between January and the end of March, a period which included accusations from the BBC and Buzzfeed news agencies that the sport’s authorities had repeatedly covered up and failed to deal with instances of suspicious betting. The number of alerts was well down on the 24 registered in Q1 2015 and 35 in Q4 2015. 

As well as tennis, there was also one alert related to both football and basketball. Asia led the way in terms of the geographical location of the suspicious betting activity with five of the 11 cases, with Europe having three, Africa two and South America one incident. Interestingly, there was not an alert filed for Australasia, despite Pinnacle Sports very publicly suspending betting on a mixed doubles match at the Australian Open in January.  

In a statement alongside its report for Q1 2016, ESSA chairman, Mike O’Kane, said: “Sport, in general, continues to have clear societal and health benefits and to play a positive part in our lives. However, it’s administrators need to stand up and be counted and accept that running sport like a private members club is not the future format that will deliver better governance.” says: "Despite the widespread coverage of accusations suggesting tennis has a problem with corruption relating to betting around the time of the Australian Open, matches within the sport continue to trouble those tracking suspicious alerts. ESSA's Mike O'Kane is again leading the call for sports themselves to deal with such issues."

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