By Will Shand: Mumbai, India, Sept 24, 2015: Following a successful collaboration in 2014, the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has announced it will once again work with the Indian Super League (ISL) to safeguard the integrity of the League for the 2015 season.
With the ISL proactively placing integrity at the top of its agenda, the ICSS Sport Integrity Directorate (SID) will provide its anti-corruption expertise to advise the ISL on the development of its overall integrity strategy in order to minimise the competitions risk to match-fixing and betting fraud, as well as conducting a top-level review of existing anti-corruption regulations and practices of the ISL.
Building on the successful collaboration in 2014, the ICSS SID will also provide operational support to the ISL during the 2015 season, delivering various education seminars with players, administrators and match-officials, briefing a team of local integrity officers as well as providing overall intelligence support.
A tailored betting monitoring system will also be put in place for each match to help identify suspicious betting patterns and manipulation of sports results.
Mohammed Hanzab, President of the ICSS, said:
“On behalf of the ICSS, I would like to thank the ISL for putting their trust in the ICSS and inviting us to share our expertise in the area of sport integrity.
“The Indian Super League provided an incredible first season of top-level football in 2014 and it’s vital that, as the competition grows, the ISL continues to protect itself against the evolving integrity threats that confront sport worldwide.
“Football in India has huge potential to become a powerhouse in world sport and I am delighted to see a new league like the ISL show its commitment to introducing proper integrity practices and procedures right from the early stages.”
Chris Eaton, Executive Director of Sport Integrity at the ICSS, said:
“As a burgeoning sport market, India is an important region for the ICSS and I would like to thank ISL for giving the ICSS Sport Integrity team the opportunity to build on and enhance the integrity practices of the League in its second season.
“It is crucial that sport governing bodies show serious and proactive leadership in this area and understand the many threats that now face sport.
“I am encouraged that the ISL has identified the possible risks it faces as it continues to grow and has taken steps to develop proper safeguards to deter corrupt and criminal behavior.”