Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) President Ludovico Calvi set out the association’s vision and mission during an address this week at a Regulators Roundtable as part of the 33rd Conference of the National Center of Problem Gambling (NCPG). The Roundtable brought together regulators and industry leaders to exchange perspectives on leading best practices to promote responsible gambling and sports integrity.
During his session “Match Fixing & Integrity: What is the best role for gambling regulators?”, Calvi described the unique role of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions – describing it as the most comprehensive and international legal tool to combat match-fixing.
The Convention, he explained, will come into effect on September 1, and builds on the cornerstone of sports integrity – the cooperative sharing of intelligence among regulators, private and public stakeholders.
He told delegates that GLMS serves as a catalyst for these efforts, and is in the process of establishing an Integrity Hub in North America, which will augment existing hubs in Denmark and Hong Kong.
Calvi also called on sports betting regulators and operators to adopt the GLMS Code of Conduct which articulates a shared commitment to responsible and sustainable sports betting operations. Bringing that commitment to life, he advised, means addressing critical topics such as consumer protection, responsible advertising, protection of minors, conflict of interest provisions for operators and their employees, and report obligations for suspicious betting activities.
He then went on to point out the critical role of education and prevention in building a culture of integrity, and noted GLMS’s portfolio of supports and tools in this regard available to all member organizations.
Finally, Calvi applauded those regulators around the world who are starting to take concrete measures against illegal sports betting, contributing to sustainable, competitive and innovative sports betting that inspires public trust and meets customer demand.