By Erin Greene on 21/01/15 at 11:38 am
ITU has reasserted its commitment to fighting illegal betting, match-fixing and corruption in sport by signing up to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)‘s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS).
As an intelligence-sharing digital platform, IBIS will enable ITU and its members/national federations to access an extensive network of monitoring and data-sharing across sports, event owners and the major sports betting entities.
The objectives set out by the IOC through the implementation of IBIS are three-fold:
1. To safeguard sports from the threat connected to illegal sports betting
2. To support international federations and multi-sport event organisers with intelligence and information exchange
3. To create a framework for transparency, confidentiality and trust across all users
IOC Member and ITU President Marisol Casado, said: “ITU is very pleased to join the IOC’s proactive initiative to curtail betting in sports, which is vital to ensuring athletes have the opportunity to compete in clean environments.”
ITU joins the seven Olympic winter sports federations and a growing number of Olympic summer sports federations (e.g. FIBA, IRB, ITF, UCI, FIVB, BWF, AIBA) which have already joined IBIS in view of the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016.
IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell said: “The IOC applauds ITU for signing up to the IOC’s initiative for clean competitions – the ‘Integrity Betting Intelligence System’ (IBIS). IBIS will be in place not only for the triathlon competitions at the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games, but also for ITU’s major competitions.”
He added: “IBIS was successfully in operation for the first time during the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with all Olympic Winter IFs taking part in the project. The objective is now to integrate all Olympic Summer IFs in the run-up to the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio.”
ITU signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the IOC and implementation of the system will go into effect on 1 February ahead of the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series, which kicks off in Abu Dhabi on 6 March.