The MGA’s Sports Betting Integrity department was founded on 29 August 2019. This department was established as an effort towards increasing the focus and resources aimed at the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions.
The Sports Betting Integrity department’s role consists of the gathering of intelligence and information relating to suspicious betting and serves as a liaison with local and foreign regulatory authorities, law enforcement agencies, betting monitoring systems, sporting bodies and gaming operators in order to investigate irregular and suspicious betting activity.
Furthermore, the department also liaises with other Directorates within the MGA to implement various policy initiatives, such as:
bringing into force the provisions at law relating to the reporting of suspicious betting activity by gaming operators to the MGA; and
signing agreements and deepening collaboration with entities having similar objectives and otherwise establishing a culture of cooperation amongst industry stakeholders to tackle the worldwide problem of corruption in sports.
The MGA collaborates with a number of entities in order to safeguard sports integrity, as well as to facilitate the sharing of information. At present, both Memoranda of Understanding, as well as Data-Sharing Agreements are signed between the Authority and sport governing bodies and other platforms whose functions include the detection of suspicious betting activities.
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