Solidarity, community and alliance: Embodying a new culture of sports integrity

Lausanne/Brussels, 26 June 2020 – Lottery executives and professionals from the sports movement came together this week via a series of online webinars to address among other topics, the new normal to which the lottery sector, the sports betting sector, and public stakeholders are adapting to after the Covid-19 pandemic. The webinar, which gathered over 300 participants, was organised by Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), The European Lotteries (EL) and the World Lottery Association (WLA).

Reflecting on the largest health crisis the world has seen in modern history, lottery games and the sports movement (including sports betting), dramatically slowed down or even came to a complete halt. Sports betting operators have been proposing bet opportunities on unusual competitions, triggering specific types of investigations, increased vigilant monitoring, and have further highlighted the need for closer cooperation with the law enforcement and sports sectors. Digital transformation, understanding the climate from the perspective of each stakeholder and working together was therefore an underlining theme in all the webinar sessions. There is no doubt that the current Covid-19 crisis is challenging, but lottery operators should embrace it as an opportunity to fast forward their thinking on digital transformation and innovation.

Debunking the myth that no sport equals no threat, the importance of going digital while still understanding consumer needs and the appreciation of the social aspects of sports betting were all identified as key takeaways. Additionally, law enforcement continues to develop its targeted understanding of the sports betting world as this is a key factor in the wider context for example, of identifying and capturing criminals. All agreed that a legislative and structured framework such as the Macolin Convention and its national platforms would facilitate an understanding of the whole context of a manipulation. The rise of sports betting in the USA and Canada was discussed as well as the boosting of sports betting activities and products through increased digitalisation and innovation, taking it to the next level.

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GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi shared, “This was the first webinar for GLMS and I would like to thank EL and WLA for supporting us in its organization and execution. I think that it was a success and that we all have gleaned some best practices, which will help our members, partners and key stakeholders in the Covid-19 recovery and post recovery phase. There were interesting and useful presentations as well as valuable insights over the last three days of sessions. I really valued the variety of the topics and the interaction from the audience through the questions and comments made in each session. I believe that the range of valuable perspectives will provide fertile ground for grappling with familiar problems in new and more effective ways. GLMS also had the opportunity to launch its new promotional video and its latest operational Hub in North America”.  

EL Secretary General, Arjan van ’t Veer added ‘‘By moderating a session on the impact of Covid-19 on the lottery sector and adaptations to technological developments, my motto is - don’t be afraid of digitalisation! I had the opportunity to hear about how lotteries have become more innovative and for example, how the mobile channel has quickly changed from being a channel within the omnichannel approach of a lottery, to becoming THE omnichannel itself. In the post pandemic era, the digital transformation we are experiencing it is not a threat but on the contrary, an opportunity for both lotteries and retailers to add value to their activities. It was a pleasure to organise this first webinar series on sports integrity with GLMS and WLA.’’

Luca Esposito, WLA Executive Director said, ‘‘The three-day webinar demonstrated the world lottery community’s commitment and dedication to the integrity, security, and probity of the lottery and sports betting sectors. Despite the restrictions that these troubled times have placed upon us, we remain committed to sharing knowledge, experience, and best practices with our members around the globe. I would like to personally thank, GLMS, EL, and of course all the participants for making this webinar an absolute success’’.

Full session overviews and the final agenda can be found attached and links to the recordings of the webinar are below.

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Contacts

Global Lottery Monitoring System – GLMS: Cassandra Fernandes, Legal and Projects Manager, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

European Lotteries Association – EL: Lucy Lenaers-Mathieson, Communications Officer, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

World Lottery Association – WLA: Paul Peinado, Senior Operations Manager, Program Management, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About GLMS
GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents. GLMS facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally and is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports organizations. GLMS currently has 32 individual and collective lottery members and 5 associate international and national members from 4 continents and 3 operational hubs across Asia, America and Europe. Website: www.glms-sport.org, Twitter @GLMS_SportLinkedIn

About EL
The European Lotteries Association (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from more than 40 European countries including all EU Member States. The association’s EU members contribute more than 20 billion EUR p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government. Website: www.european-lotteries.org, Twitter @EuropeLotteriesLinkedIn

About WLA
The World Lottery Association (WLA) is an international, member-based organization of state-authorized lotteries and suppliers to the global lottery industry. WLA Lottery Members are organizations licensed or authorized to conduct lotteries or sports betting operations in a jurisdiction domiciled in a state recognized by the United Nations. The majority of their net revenues must be dedicated to supporting the public good. As stipulated by the WLA Code of Conduct, all WLA Member Lotteries may only sell their products to consumers within the jurisdiction in which they are licensed. WLA Associate Members are suppliers of goods and services to the lottery or sports betting industries whose business practices conform to the aims and objectives of the association. Currently, there are more than 150 WLA Lottery Members and more than 75 WLA Associate Members drawn from over 80 countries. Website: www.world-lotteries.org/, Twitter @wla_orgLinkedIn

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