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First joint GLMS-EL-WLA Webinar on Sports Integrity a success

Solidarity, community and alliance:
Embodying a new culture of sports integrity

 Lausanne/Brussels, 25 June 2020 – Lottery executives and professionals from the sports movement came together this week via a series of online webinars to address among other topics, the new normal to which the lottery sector, the sports betting sector, and public stakeholders are adapting to after the Covid-19 pandemic. The webinar, which gathered over 200 participants, was organised by Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), The European Lotteries (EL) and the World Lottery Association (WLA).

Over the three-day webinar, panels and presentations focused on topics such as information on monitoring activities and trends over the last three months; how to prepare for an increased threat to sports integrity in the ‘new normal’ environment we are living in, including the responsibility of law enforcement authorities and their understanding; new safeguarding measures to fight sports corruption more effectively; the impact of Covid-19 on the lottery sector continuity measures in place and recovery strategies; the threats to sports betting and how lotteries can protect the integrity of sports; digital transformations and innovations new to the pandemic; the recent growth of the US sports betting sector and; the rise of e-sports. It was also the opportunity for GLMS to launch its new promotional video and its latest operational Hub in North America

The webinar

The sessions were vivid, fluid and engaging, with prominent industry leaders’ actions and expertise from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, on how the lotteries, the sport movement,  law enforcement, sports betting suppliers and public authorities as well as from GLMS, the World Lottery Association and European Lotteries have been working together effectively in investigations and awareness raising activities, facilitated by GLMS..

Digital transformation, understanding the climate from the perspective of each stakeholder and finally working together was an underlining theme in all sessions. Speakers looked concretely at how lotteries and GLMS dealt with the threats to sport integrity during the pandemic, debunking the myth that no sport = no threat, lotteries found new sources to offer sports betting in e-sports, and started going digital and while still understanding that consumers continue to appreciate the social aspects of sports betting.

Law enforcement continues to develop its targeted understanding of the sports betting world as this is a key factor in the wider context of identifying and capturing criminals, highlighting the importance of awareness raising for LEA and the betting sector on each other’s needs. All agreed that a legislative and structured framework such as the Macolin Convention and its national platforms would facilitate an understanding of the whole context of a manipulation.

The webinar also went on to address the rise of sports betting in the USA and Canada, especially as US States increasingly legalize sports betting, including mobile betting and revealed the wide-ranging approaches in various North American jurisdictions introducing sports wagering tailored to the different state level cultural preferences and economic conditions Finally the webinar addressed the digitalization of sports betting and products and boosting the activity to the next level.

Reactions

 GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi shared, “This was the first webinar for GLMS and I would like to thank EL and WLA for supporting us in its organization and execution. I think that it was a success and that we all have gleaned some best practices, which will help our members, partners and key stakeholders in the COVID-19 recovery and post recovery phase. There were interesting and useful presentations as well as valuable insights over the last three days of sessions. I really valued the variety of the topics and the interaction from the audience through the questions and comments made in each session. I believe that the range of valuable perspectives will provide fertile ground for grappling with familiar problems in new and more effective ways”. 

EL Secretary General, Arjan van ’t Veer added ‘‘By moderating a session on the impact of Covid-19 on the lottery sector and adaptations to technological developments, my motto is – don’t be afraid of digitalisation! I had the opportunity to hear about how lotteries have become more innovative and for example, how the mobile channel has quickly changed from being a channel within the omnichannel approach of a lottery, to becoming THE omnichannel itself. In the post pandemic era, the digital transformation we are experiencing it is not a threat but on the contrary, an opportunity for both lotteries and retailers to add value to their activities.I believe that a powerful message for Lotteries in this post-pandemic times came out of this global discussionit is that lotteries must learn and explain to their retailers that the digital transformation we are experiencing it is not a threat but on the contrary it is an opportunity for both lotteries and retailers to add value to their activities”.  

 Luca Esposito, WLA Executive Director concluded, ‘‘The three-day webinar demonstrated the world lottery community’s commitment and dedication to the integrity, security, and probity of the lottery and sports betting sectors. Despite the restrictions that these troubled times have placed upon us, we remain committed to sharing knowledge, experience, and best practices with our members around the globe. I would like to personally thank, GLMS, EL, and of course all the participants for making this webinar an absolute success’’.

A full overview of the sessions can be found in the link below. Please also click here for the  final agenda and links to the recordings of the webinar.