GLMS and Lotteries join forces with the Council of Europe and key stakeholders to keep crime out of sport
Strasbourg, 9 March 2018: The project Keep Crime out of Sport+ (KCOOS+) was officially launched today in Strasbourg. Following the success of the KCOOS project which sought to promote the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions and support states with the implementation of its provisions, the CoE together with key partners and stakeholders, including the INTERPOL, the Lotteries (GLMS-EL-WLA), Ethisport, RC3 and Partners and a number of states, including France, Switzerland, Norway, and Cyprus, launched today the follow-up project which will seek to go even deeper and further and have a world-wide impact.
The KCOOS+ project will seek to provide an indispensable contribution to assisting active stakeholders to get in contact and form networks. It will ensure that all relevant ministries are sufficiently informed of the gravity of the phenomenon and its links to criminal offences and thus raise awareness of the priority to sign, ratify and implement the Convention. Additional support will be provided also to states in terms of the setting up of national platforms, as well as structured communication and cooperation processes. GLMS will be an associated partner of the project, while EL and WLA will be also contributing financially.
GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi, has stated “This is a historical day for many of us and we have the objective to effectively contribute to such an ambitious world-wide project taking the fight against match-fixing onto higher grounds. The Lotteries, always on the frontline in the protection of sports values, are taking a strong commitment with this project and will be actively supporting every phase of it”.
KCOOS+ Project Manager, Cassandra Fernandes has added “The Lotteries, through EL, proved to be a very committed and enthusiastic partner during the first KCOOS project and had a concrete contribution to its success. We are delighted that we have GLMS and the Lotteries (EL&WLA) on board for the KCOOS+ project and I am convinced that thanks to their expertise, enthusiasm and dedication will contribute once again to increasing the impact and success of the KCOOS+ project as well”.
Evangelos Alexandrakis, GLMS Deputy General Secretary
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 comprises 29 Members from all over the globe.