The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has identified and reported 76 incidents of suspicious betting issued to respective authorities during the third quarter of 2020.
The betting alerts covered seven different sports and found the most cases in football and tennis, which each held 25 incidents, making up 66% of the total.
Meanwhile, the IBIA revealed that esports followed closely behind with 14 cases, whilst table tennis saw seven cases, basketball and bowls had two cases each, and cricket had just one.
The IBIA’s figure represents a 31% increase from the second quarter of 2020, during which 58 cases were reported, making 195 alerts altogether for this year.
“As anticipated, there has been an increase in suspicious betting alerts with the return of many sports during the quarter,” Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA said.
“IBIA’s figures also reflect a growing membership – we have announced four new members so far this year and further announcements are imminent – which in turn increases the association’s global betting market monitoring coverage.
“IBIA will continue to work closely with key stakeholders on betting integrity issues and also in related areas such as sports data collation and customer dispute resolution,” he assured.
Furthermore, Europe had the most number of alerts on sporting events (34 incidents), with 23 individual countries encompassed in total, although it was unable to pinpoint the countries of origin for esports. Asia also had 15 alerts compared to 12 recorded in North America and just one in South America on the distribution map.