GLMS, the International Olympic Committee and Argentinian officials discuss risks related to illegal sports betting and sport competition manipulations
Buenos Aires, 21 November 2018, In a press conferences jointly organised by the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) and the Association of Argentinian Lotteries (ALEA), a series of high level speakers discussed issues related to illegal sports betting regulation and sport competition manipulations in Argentina, a country that has experienced over the last months a number of relevant scandals, notably in tennis.
GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi, highlighted the need for strong regulatory frameworks and concrete measures against illegal sports betting, as also called for by the Council of Europe Convention on the manipulation of Spot Competitions. This was seconded by CP Silvio Vivas, of ALEA, who joined his voice with Ludovico for such measures, particularly because sports betting is currently not authorised in the country.
Dr. Luis Cevasco, from the Argentinian Ministry of Justice underlined that this is a matter that should not be on the table for discussions and disagreed regarding the level of involvement by the Argentinian State on legalising betting. He raised also issues regarding the social costs in relation to compulsive betting, as well as the ability to measure this phenomenon.
Friedrich Martens from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) also underlined the role of education and prevention, referring to the relevant activities of the IOC, in the field and pointed out the importance of all private and public stakeholders, including Lotteries, regulators, law enforcement agencies and sports movement to work together towards this direction. He also took the chance to inform of the ways young athletes were informed on the matter during the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires.
GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi, stated after the event: “I would really like to thank ALEA for the co-organisation, all speakers as well as journalists and the active participants for this fruitful discussions. It is clear that stakeholders in Argentina understand the importance of taking serious steps against this phenomenon, including measures against illegal sports betting, manipulation of sports competitions as well as strategic education and prevention initiatives. GLMS will continue to pursue its mission of safeguarding Sport Integrity and Sport Values relentlessly everywhere in any form and in any continent”.
About GLMS (glms-sport.org)
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.
GLMS currently has 31 individual Members from 4 continents (Österreichische Lotterien - Austria, Loterie Nationale – Belgium, Hrvatska Lutrija – Croatia, Danske Spil – Denmark, Veikkaus – Finland, La Française Des Jeux – France, Staatliche Loterieverwaltung in Bayern – Germany, Opap SA – Greece, Szerencsejatek – Hungary, Islenk Getspa – Iceland, Israel Sports Betting Board - Israel, Lottomatica – Italy, Sisal – Italy, Maltco Lotteries Ltd – Malta, Norsk Tipping – Norway, Santa Casa De Misericordia da Lisboa – Portugal, Stoloto – Russia, Sportna Loterija – Slovenia, Svenska Spel – Sweden, Loterie Romande – Switzerland, Swisslos – Switzerland, Nederlandse Loterij, the Netherlands, Hong Kong Jockey Club – Hong Kong, Singapore Pools – Singapore, Ktoto Co – South Korea, China Sports Lottery – China, Loto-Québec- Canada, Polla Chilena de Beneficencia – Chile, Banca de Quinielas de Montevideo – Uruguay, La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Morocco, Loterie Nationale du Sénégal – Senegal) and 2 collective Members (European Lotteries Association and World Lottery Association).
GLMS has 1 associate Member: Scientific Games Corporation
About ALEA (www.alea.org.ar)
The Asociación de Loterías, Quinielas y Casinos Estatales de Argentina (ALEA) brings together the organisms that regulate and control gambling in Argentina. As a member of the WLA, she co-hosts the World Lottery Summit (WLS).
In each jurisdiction exists a governmental organism or gaming control board which controls ands regulates casinos, bingos, gaming and horse racing betting agencies, racetracks and other points of sell.
Thus, the gaming activity organization poses a FEDERAL character and is under the management of the governments of the 24 jurisdictions (CABA and 23 Provincial Governments).
GLMS General Secretary
GLMS Deputy General Secretary
María Ofelia Maiztegui