GLMS: Unity crucial to tackling integrity in Brazilian sports

Speaking on October 2 at the Brazilian Sports Integrity Summit, which was organised by the International Governance and Risk Institute (GovRisk), President of the GLMS Ludovico Calvi underlined the importance of a unified approach and communication when it comes to ensuring integrity in Brazilian sport.

The summit was formed in order to harness cooperation between the public and the private sectors, with the focus on finding innovative solutions to collectively protect the future of Brazilian sport from competition manipulation and corruption.

Calvi issued his support to the Brazilian Ministry of Finance in the process of defining the key pillars of the sports betting legislation in Brazil, highlighting once again the importance of a sustainable regulatory frameworks, which can combine market needs with social responsibility.

Furthermore, he added that the legalisation of sport betting in Brazil could also act as inspiration for other countries in the region to work towards a legalisation process with the objective to deal with and prevent the trafficking to illegal betting sites.

On this occasion, Ludovico also highlighted the importance of measures against illegal sports betting, as also required by the Council of Europe Convention on Sport Competition Manipulations.

Calvi echoed the same sentiment in an interview with SBCNews, in which he further emphasised the importance of Brazilian sports being prepared for the regulation of sports betting could have on integrity.

When asked what effect the regulation of the Brazilian gambling market will have on integrity in the country’s sports, he stated: “There are provisions in the law about integrity and about authorizing betting operators to be a part of associations like GLMS, which are providing integrity services. It is extremely important to protect the credibility, not only of betting in general but also of sports. This is something that we are looking at with the Sports League associations and the football association in Brazil.

“It is extremely important to be both credible and transparent, to protect whistleblowers for example, and to run prevention and education courses in schools, with young athletes. All of this has been included in the legislation.

“Again, this is further evidence that what eventually will be coming up in Brazil – if it is passed in Congress  – we will be facing a very interesting market development in Brazil and South America as a whole.”

Under the proposed gambling bill, operators will pay approximately US$0.7m for nine years. They will subsequently need to pay a fee on a monthly basis which will be US$7,225 for physical locations per month and US$9,742 on digital channels per month. The monthly figure rises to just over US$12,000 for combined mobile and physical authorisation.