Badminton body links up with IOC to combat corruption

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has moved to reaffirm its commitment to fighting illegal betting, match-fixing and corruption by signing up to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS).

IBIS will serve as an intelligence-sharing digital platform and enable the BWF and its 180 member associations to access a network of monitoring and data-sharing across sports, event owners and major sports betting entities.

IOC said that its IBIS system helps safeguard sports from the threat of illegal betting activity, supports international federations and multi-sport event organisers with intelligence and information exchange, and also creates a framework for transparency, confidentiality and trust across all users.

To mark the partnership, the BWF has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the IOC and the IBIS system will become effective from January 2015.

The BWF joins seven winter Olympic sports and a growing number of summer sports federations to have signed up to IBIS ahead of the 2016 summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“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,” BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer said.

Kit McConnell, sports director at the IOC, added: “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 international federations 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.”

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