27 Jul 2015
With a year to go to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, all 28 summer International Federations (IFs) have signed up to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS) ahead of schedule. They join all the winter IFs in being members of this monitoring platform.
The IOC introduced the IBIS monitoring system in January 2014. The objective was to integrate all of the winter IFs ahead of the Olympic Games in Sochi last year and all the summer IFs before the Games in Rio de Janeiro next year – a goal which today has been met.
Commenting on this milestone, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The IOC’s ultimate goal is to protect clean athletes and IBIS is one tool to support us in this endeavour. This monitoring system helps to fight illegal betting, match-fixing and related corruption in sport, all of which threaten the credibility and integrity of sport. It is fantastic news that, after such a short period since its inception, we have all IFs fully on board, highlighting yet again their commitment to the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020.”
An intelligence-sharing digital platform, IBIS collates alerts and information on manipulation through betting across sports, event owners and the major sports betting entities. It ensures the monitoring of all Olympic sports, their main international competitions and of course the Olympic Games.
IBIS was successfully in operation for the first time during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 with all Olympic Winter IFs taking part in the project.