LAUSANNE/MIES, Switzerland - FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, has reasserted its commitment to fighting illegal betting, match-fixing and corruption in sport by signing up to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS).
As an intelligence-sharing digital platform, IBIS will enable FIBA and its members/national federations to access an extensive network of monitoring and data-sharing across sports, event owners and the major sports betting entities.
The objectives set out by the IOC through the implementation of IBIS are three-fold:
1. To safeguard sports from the threat connected to illegal sports betting
2. To support international federations and multi-sport event organisers with intelligence and information exchange
3. To create a framework for transparency, confidentiality and trust across all users
FIBA joins the International Rugby Board (IRB) and other international federations in signing up to IBIS.
FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann said: "We are very pleased to sign up to IBIS and work together with the IOC in the fight against illegal betting in sport.
"As the world governing body of basketball, it is our responsibility to ensure the integrity of the sport is upheld and protected from the threats that are match-fixing and corruption. We feel very confident that this partnership will help safeguard our sport."
IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell said: "The IOC applauds FIBA for becoming one of the first Olympic Summer Sports Federations (IF) to have signed up to the IOC's initiative for clean competitions - the 'Integrity Betting Intelligence System' (IBIS). IBIS will be in place not only for the basketball competitions at the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games, but also for FIBA's major tournaments."
He added: "IBIS was successfully in operation for the first time during the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with all Olympic Winter IFs taking part in the project. The objective is now to integrate all Olympic Summer IFs in the run-up to the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio."
FIBA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the IOC and implementation of the system is to come into effect for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women before being extended to other events as of 2015.
FIBA (fiba.com) - the world governing body for basketball - is an independent association formed by 214 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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