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    ESSA rebrands as International Betting Integrity Association

    ESSA, a Brussels-based organisation focused on sports betting integrity, has rebranded as the International Betting Integrity Association with immediate effect.

    International ties strengthened in fight against match fixing

    A new agreement signed between Victoria police and international integrity body ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity) is set to assist authorities in targeting suspicious betting activity and deter betting-related match-fixing. The Letter of Agreement, signed between the two agencies in December last year, will allow police to be able to receive real-time betting alerts from ESSA […]

    ESSA elects new chairman

    International betting integrity body ESSA has elected a GVC Holdings’ Heike Mayer as chairperson, succeeding Mike O’Kane, local media reports. Mayer is currently responsible for public and regulatory affairs at GVC and also serves as vice-chair of ESSA. O’Kane has held the position as ESSA chair since 2012. “I’d like to thank Mike for all […]

    ESSA launches international project addressing match-fixing

     An international project to address match-fixing in sport kicked off today with ESSA, the body representing most of the world’s largest regulated betting firms, amongst the key stakeholders participating in the EU funded initiative that is being led by the Council of Europe. Other key stakeholders involved in the Kick Crime Out of Sport (KCOOS) […]

    Tighter regulation seen for Asia as match-fixing alerts increase

    Sports betting integrity leader ESSA is working towards broadening its reach in Asia, as the latest statistics from the group reinforce the region's growing reputation as a match-fixing hotspot. ESSA Secretary General Khalid Ali in a recent interview with AGB said he sees greater regulation in the region as ultimately being inevitable in the fight to stamp out corruption in sports, although it may be a slow process.

    Asia, Australasia eye lost funds from offshore betting

    Governments from Singapore to New Zealand are concerned about their citizens betting offshore and are looking for ways to recapture, or replace, tax revenue and income for racing clubs and sporting bodies. In Australia, a government-appointed inquiry into offshore wagering is due to report this month. Singapore has already enacted legislation to prohibit its citizens from using offshore gambling operators, and the Malaysian government is also talking tough on the issue. At stake is the loss of finance for the nations' racing industries. 
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