The Badminton World Federation has signed the International Olympic Committee’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System to fight against corruption.
The Badminton World Federation has reconfirmed its obligation to fight against illegal betting, match fixing and corruption in sport by signing up to the International Olympic Committee’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS). Implementation of IBIS will take charge in BWF from January 2015.
Three objectives set out by the IOC through the implementation of IBIS are:
a. To safeguard sports from the threat connected to illegal sports betting
b. To support international federations and multi-sport event organisers with intelligence and information exchange
c. To create a framework for transparency, confidentiality and trust across all users
BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said, “We are pleased to join with IOC and other international federations in the fight against corruption in sport. We expect IBIS to have a positive impact and we look forward to benefiting from it.”
He also added, “This is a significant ideal to which we all subscribe – that sport must be played in an environment devoid of illegal betting, match fixing or any other forms of corruption or manipulation – and BWF will continue to do its utmost to uphold this and to spread this philosophy among its global membership.”
IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell said, “The IOC applauds BWF for signing up to the IOC’s initiative for clean competitions – the ‘Integrity Betting Intelligence System’ (IBIS). IBIS will be in place not only for the badminton competitions at the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games, but also for BWF’s major tournaments.”
He also 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.”