The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has revealed a 52% year-on-year rise in suspicious sports betting alerts for Q3 2020.
The sports betting integrity body reported a total of 76 alerts for the quarter up to 30 September, significantly higher than the 50 alerts in 2019, and a 31% increase quarter-on-quarter.
Football and tennis were the highest offending sports with 25 reports each. For football, that represents a stark rise from the four alerts seen in Q2, although the sport was heavily impacted by a worldwide suspension.
Esports followed with 14 alerts, then table tennis with seven, basketball and bowls with two each and cricket with one reported alert.
In terms of regions, Europe saw nearly half of all cases stem from the continent with 34 in total, with six alerts coming from Russia and four each from Ukraine and Germany
Asia came next with 15 alerts, followed by North America with 12, all from US tennis, and South America with one.
IBIA CEO Khalid Ali, said: “As anticipated, there has been an increase in suspicious betting alerts with the return of many sports during the quarter.
“IBIA will continue to work closely with key stakeholders on betting integrity issues and also in related areas such sports data collation and customer dispute resolution.”
Ali also mentioned the IBIA’s growing membership which has seen four new members so far this year, including DraftKings and Football Index joining last month.