Last Thursday MGA (Malta Gaming Authority representatives) reported the creation of a Sports Integrity Unit, which will be aimed at rooting out the problem of manipulations during sports events.
According to the regulator, the Sports Integrity Unit will collect information concerning suspicious betting activities and will cooperate with police authorities, gaming operators, sports organizations and systems of betting monitoring with the purpose of investigating all of such cases.
The Unit is to introduce different policy initiatives, namely:
- deeper cooperation with organizations having similar aims;
- creating a culture of collaboration among all of the industry representatives in order to fight the global problem of corruption in sports;
- implementation of regulations concerning suspicious betting.
The Sports Integrity Unit will be headed by Antonio Zafara, who has already been working at the MGA as a Senior Executive for more than four years. Moreover, the expert holds a Master’s Degree in Counter Corruption Studies, Degree in Criminology, and is planning to continue his studies at Sheffield Hallam University to get a PhD in Law and Criminology.
As mentioned earlier, the data of the recent report on suspicious betting trends show a declining tendency.