LONDON -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Directors and CEOs from Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Lottomatica, Intralot, Inspired Gaming Group, GLI, Danish Gambling Authority and Italian Customs and Monopolies Agency are meeting at the first Brazilian Gaming Congress in November in Rio de Janeiro to showcase how sensible and well-executed regulation of sportsbetting can contribute to preserving the integrity of sports.
With the major sporting events currently being planned in Brazil, the topic is at the heart of public debate in the country.
Eamonn Toland, Paddy Power's president of North America and one of the keynote speakers at BgC, in an exclusive interview given to Clarion Events draws parallels between the path to regulation in the US and how Brazil might look to proceed; explores the role operators can and should play in working with governments and regulators; explains how international co-operation can help prevent match fixing and what steps operators can take to uphold sports integrity.
"We can never be complacent about match-fixing or corruption in sport more generally, but it is clear that the problem of corruption is magnified enormously in jurisdictions where there is no legal, regulated sports betting," Toland said. "When gambling revenue is unlicensed, unsupervised and unregulated, the risk of corrupting officials or players to throw a game becomes far, far higher. In a market the size of Brazil, with billions of Réals at stake, the obvious way to thwart corruption is by legalising and regulating sports betting."
Eamonn will be speaking on day two of the three day Congress, on the topic of "Demystifying the risks of sportsbetting and demonstrating best practice in keeping the integrity and security in regulated betting on sports."
Joining him on that panel will be Thierry Pujol, Director Security & Risk Management, La Française des Jeux, France and Chair of WLA Security and Risk Management; and Michael O’Kane, Ladbrokes Business Director and current Chairman of ESSA.
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