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’s Secretary General Khalid Ali recently told AGB in an interview that 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. The organization is a major player in the fight against match-fixing, representing many of the world’s major related sports betting operators and holding positions on working groups like the European Commission, Council of Europe and International Olympic Committee (IOC). Formerly known as the European Sports Security Association, in 2014 ESSA sought to rebrand and moved into Asia, with betting goliath the Hong Kong Jockey Club joining the network of operators whose participation forms the basis of the group’s alert system. As well as detecting possible...

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