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Badminton: BWF signs up to IOC’s IBIS in battle against corruption

 “Sport must be played in an environment devoid of illegal betting, match fixing or any other forms of corruption or manipulation” - Poul-Erik Hoyer, President, BWF

“Sport must be played in an environment devoid of illegal betting, match fixing or any other forms of corruption or manipulation” – Poul-Erik Hoyer, President, BWF

November 26, 2014: BWF (Badminton World Federation) has signed up to the International Olympic Committee’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS) as part of the federation’s commitment to fight illegal betting, match fixing and corruption.

 

An intelligence-sharing digital platform, IBIS enables its 180 member associations to access an extensive network of monitoring and data-sharing across sports, event owners and the major sports-betting entities.

 

The IOC’s objectives through the implementation of IBIS are three-fold: to safeguard sports from the threat connected to illegal sports betting; support international federations and multi-sport event organisers with intelligence and information exchange; and create a framework for transparency, confidentiality and trust across all users.

 

BWF joins the seven Olympic winter sports federations and a growing number of Olympic summer sports federations – including FIBA, World Rugby, ITF, UCI and FIVB – that have joined IBIS ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Poul-Erik Hoyer, President of BWF, believes the partnership with IBIS and access to data and intelligence will bolster the federation’s efforts to ensure badminton is a clean sport.

 

“We are pleased to join with IOC and other international federations in the fight against corruption in sport. We expect IBIS to have a positive impact and we look forward to benefiting from it,” Hoyer said.

 

“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.”

 

To mark this partnership, BWF recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the IOC. Implementation of the IBIS system will be effective from January 2015.

 

Kit McConnell, IOC Sports Director, said: “The IOC applauds BWF for signing up to the IOC’s initiative for clean competitions. 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 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.”

 

Source: BWF (www.bwfbadminton.org); Editing by SportAsia

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