The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association said that monitoring international betting markets is the most important step towards curbing match-fixing in sport. Chairman Nigel Mawer told news agency Reuters that the main driver for fixing matches is betting, and therefore it was crucial that authorities and organisations monitored betting markets
“The point for me is if you are going to fix a match, normally it’s for people to win money by betting,” Nigel Mawer, chairman of the disciplinary committee of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, said.
“So it’s crucial that we can monitor betting markets worldwide. It gives us the opportunity to investigate.”
Mawer made the statement shortly after announcing a WPBSA tied-up with Qatar-based International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS).
“One of the most important thing that’s going to come out of the partnership for us is that they will provide us with the ability to monitor betting worldwide which will extend our coverage,” Mawer added.
“As the sport gets more popular, there’s more interest, it’s more televised, there will be more betting on the sport and the risk will go up,” Jake Marsh, an integrity consultant at ICSS, said.
“The more money gets involved there will be more chances of corruption.”
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