Council of Europe Keep Crime out of Sport Project (KCOOS) (I.) | II. Global Lottery Monitoring System for Sport Betting (II.)
I. Council of Europe Keep Crime out of Sport Project (KCOOS)
In January 2016, the Keep Crime out of Sport Project (KCOOS), partly funded by the European Commission, officially kicked-off, with the objective to promote the CoE Convention on the Manipulations of Sport Competitions and to develop capacity-building in terms of the implementation of its main provisions. With integrity being one of the core lottery values, EL joined the strong network of KCOOS partners (including the IOC, INTERPOL, ARJEL, UK Gambling Commission and Oxford research). From the very beginning, EL has actively contributed with input and suggestions in the progress of the project.
Following the kick-off of the meeting, a questionnaire was sent to various stakeholders with the objective to better understand the challenges that certain states might face in terms of the implementation of the provisions of the Convention, as well as the support they may require, and also to ascertain where the different countries stand in this respect. The questionnaires were analysed by the project partner Oxford Research in close cooperation with the Council of Europe.
The project went on with the organisation of regional seminars (along with the participation of different states), which were informed by the questionnaires’ analysis. Lotteries were pleased to be actively involved in this phase. The first Regional Seminar was held in the Hague on 20-21 June 2016, attended by the Chairman of EL Sport WG, Walter de Beauvesier Watson. The 2nd Regional Seminar was held in Zagreb, Croatia. GLMS Secretary General, Sarah Lacarrière, was one of the speakers and had the chance to present the GLMS operations and also moderate one of the sessions. In the 3rd Regional Seminar in Copenhagen, on 4-5 October 2016, the 40 participants of the Seminar (coming from Nordic countries) had the chance to visit the GLMS Operational Headquarters in Brondby and receive a very operational presentation by GLMS Operators, Chris Rasmussen and Kim Ragle. Finally, in the 5th Regional Seminar, which was held in Athens, Greece on 8-9 November, EL Sport Executive Secretary, Vagelis Alexandrakis, moderated a session about the practical implementation of the provisions of the Convention, notably the sharing of information, the setting up of national platforms, and the measures against illegal betting.
The Regional Seminars were quite interactive and operational, involving representatives of states coming from different fields (law enforcement, sport, state and regulatory authorities, and betting operators). In total, more than 30 states had the opportunity to receive support and assistance regarding the provisions of the Convention. As a next step, the project will go on with the study visits and expert missions, which will be led by ARJEL and the UK Gambling Commission. The KCOOS work will eventually culminate in the development of a practical how-to guide on implementing measures to fight manipulation of sports competitions.
II. Global Lottery Monitoring System for Sport Betting
In January 2015, the Dutch Football Association KNVB, received some signals regarding a possible manipulated match by an Albanian club, KF Skënderbeu Korçë. This club played friendly matches against Dutch clubs during the winterstop in Spain. The Dutch FA approached GLMS through its member De Lotto (now Nederlandse Loterij), asking for insights into the betting patterns of the matches in question.
“When we heard of these signals we started an investigation into this matter. We contacted our national lottery partner and asked if GLMS detected suspicious betting patterns. A few hours later we received reports from GLMS based on odds movements from the international, Asian and lottery markets and from the GLMS-members point of view,” said Wouter Boshuis, Dutch FA Integrity Officer.
Skënderbeu is now well known in the match fixing sanction record as the European football governing body (UEFA) and has taken the club through a long and demanding yet successful disciplinary procedure. Indeed, in July 2016, the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) dismissed Skënderbeu’s appeal against the UEFA decision to ban the club from the Champions League for one season due to its involvement in fixed matches (source UEFA).
The words of thanks received last month by GLMS from the Dutch football association is an important recognition of the value and impact of the lottery association cooperation. “With this valuable information we could advise our clubs to organize friendly matches in the future against opponents they know, and not to organize matches against teams with a questionable reputation.” – Dutch FA
GLMS serves as a preemptive tool to its members and other parties with such on-demand requests. It is central to the cooperation between sports organizations and all stakeholders on sports betting features worldwide and associated risks.
GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents. GLMS facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports organizations.
Peter Simoner, CEO of Loteria Kombetare received his Commitment certi...Read more
European Standard on reporting in support of online gambling supervision notes considerable progress
On 12 and 13 September the CEN Working Group drafting the Standard hel...Read more
At the fourth European Commission Sport Unit Breakfast EL was invited...Read more
Hosted by EL Member Hrvaska Lutrija, this year’s successful seminar provided an excellent opportunity to hear from experts in RG and CSR, understand how other lotteries are implementing their progra......Read more
Hansjörg Höltkemeier re-elected as EL President for the period 2019-2021 Re-elected EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier (right) said, ‘‘We have had three fantastic days at the special 10th edi......Read more
For EL lottery members only, the awards are another key initiative led by the EL Innovation Working Group (ELIG), which was set up to inspire, connect and engage the EL community in innovation. The aw......Read more
The Induction Module, aimed at new entrants in the lottery world (up to 3 years experience), allowed for an extensive introduction to the sector and an insight into the many complex activities. Over t......Read more
From left to right: Kerstin Kosanke, Managing Director, Lotto Brandenburg, Alexandru-Mircea Croitoru, General Manager, Loteria Romania, Bekir Yunus Uçar, General Director, Turkish National Lottery Administration & Gábor Czepek, CEO, Hungarian National Lottery...Read more
Brett Henning Brett Henning, Co-founder and Director at Sortition Foundation analysed the results of the elections, looking closely at the rise in European populism. In the past months and years,......Read more
IGT recently released its 12th annual IGT Sustainability Report, “Ahead of the Game,” an externally audited document that validates IGT’s sustainability activities and data. The report highligh......Read more
The global lottery industry faces new challenges from changing consumer and retail behaviours. Along with regulations and policy decisions, these changes place competitive and margin pressure on lotte......Read more
The Black Swan with keynote speaker: Mr. Nassim Nicholas Taleb International bestselling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb focused his keynote presentation on the Black Swan, his book which looks at th......Read more
As it was stated during the 10th EL Congress in the CEO Panel discussion by Maria Stergiou, Group Chief Sales and Operations Officer of INTRALOT, all the above technological trends are creating sever......Read more
Kerstin Kosanke, Managing Director of Land Brandenburg Lotto GmbH After finishing her law studies in Potsdam, Ms. Kosanke worked for 15 years as an independent lawyer with a focus on tax law and man......Read more
Honoured in his new role Alexandru-Mircea Croitoru as General Manager, he will continue to work on the implementation of projects that will drive the development of the lottery. The Romanian Lottery is one of the oldest institutions in the country, established in 1906 in order to improve the health system, especially in rural areas....Read more
Gábor Czepek, CEO, Hungarian National Lottery Szerencsejáték Zrt. is one of Hungary’s largest, dynamically developing state-owned enterprises: What were the most pressing tasks in this initial......Read more
Following a career in journalism, Bekir Yunus Uçar spent over 20 years in public service. He worked in several roles at Türk Telekom before joining the Turkish National Lottery Administration. He was appointed General Director by the Minister of Treasury and Finance....Read more
Hansjörg Höltkemeier, EL President & Jannie Haek, CEO of the National Lottery Belgium open the Trade Show at the 10th EL Congress in Antwerp ‘‘The Success of Chance’’ was the theme for......Read more