Strengthening its fight against betting-related corruption, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has secured a data-sharing agreement with the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU).
The duo, which have worked alongside one another for a number of years, will continue to collaborate on their joint efforts to combat match-fixing.
The MGA’s Sports Integrity Officer, Antonio Zerafa stated: “The MGA has long held an excellent relationship with the TIU, but this agreement will allow the MGA & the TIU to formalise a structure to share data and information in compliance with the law, for the purposes of detecting, preventing and investigating the manipulation of sports competitions.”
Under the terms of the data-sharing agreement, the MGA will work with TIU on enhancing prevention and investigation processes, with a focus on tackling manipulation in the professional tennis market.
Last week, the Tennis Integrity Supervisory Board gave the green light for the organisation’s anti-corruption and anti-doping divisions to be merged to form a ‘single, combined and expanded integrity organisation for professional tennis.’
The merger of the two divisions will integrate both the anti-corruption and anti-doping divisions in a single location with shared services, including player education, with the new organisation due to take on full responsibility for tennis anti-doping matters on 1 January 2021.