Brazil leads Latin America in number of suspicious betting reports

May 3, 2023
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IBIA found 105 cases of suspicious betting in Latin America between 2018-2022.

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has released a quarterly integrity report which has found several cases of suspicious betting, particularly in Latin America. The report found 40 cases of suspicious activity with Brazil racking up many of these incidents.

The incidents of suspicious betting concerned nine different sports across 22 countries and five continents.

Soccer was the sport with the highest number of reported alerts in the world. The 15 soccer alerts made up for 38% of the suspicious activity in Q1 2023.

Tennis was just behind soccer with 12 alerts of suspicious activity. Despite being the second-most reported sport on the list, the figures do show a 50% decrease in reports when compared to Q1 2022.

In the data recorded between 2018 and 2022, Brazil has far more recorded incidences of suspicious activity than anywhere else in Latin America.

Brazil had 33 suspicious alerts in this timeframe, making up 31% of the 105 suspicious alerts in Latin America. This is far ahead of the next-highest countries, Mexico and Dominican Republic, with 11 reports each.

IBIA CEO Khalid Ali explained how a well-regulated market is much needed to reduce the number of suspicious reports in Brazil, “A well-regulated sports betting market is essential to the fight against sports betting related match-fixing.

"All relevant stakeholders – betting operators, policymakers, regulators, and sports – have an important role to play to ensure that Brazil enjoys the full benefits of a dynamic and competitive regulated sports betting market, whilst reducing the risks of match-fixing.”

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