Tennis had the highest amount of suspicious betting alerts, at 33, followed by esports with 16 and football with 13. Table tennis accounted for 10.
The number of esports alerts was more than three times the amount reported in the first half of 2021, when the total was five. The IBIA said this was due to a rise in the amount of esports-related organistions joining the association.
In all, the top four sports accounted for 95% of the total number of alerts.
Khalid Ali, CEO of the IBIA, said that the rise in alerts was proportionate to how the association’s membership had increased throughout the year.
“Alerts for the quarter are at the higher end of the scale compared to previous years, but must be viewed against the association’s substantial growth in membership during the year,” said Ali. “That has served to increase global market coverage and the alerts identified and reported, underlining the beneficial impact of a global multi-operator betting integrity network.
“IBIA continues to work closely with its members and external stakeholders, such as sports and regulators, to ensure that suitable risk management processes are implemented and encourages a zero-tolerance approach to the manipulation of sporting events and associated betting fraud.”
Almost half of the total alerts – 37 – came from Europe. In Asia there were eight, while in Africa and South America there were seven each, respectively.