(MGA) The Malta Gaming Authority has bolstered its relationship with the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) by infiltrating into a new data-sharing deal with the sport’s global anti-corruption body.
For a number of years these two organisations have been working together, but the new arrangement will make them able to collude more closely on joint efforts to combat match-fixing.
This work will include embellishing prevention and investigation processes, with a focus on tackling manipulation in the professional tennis market.
Senior executive Antonio Zerafa is the MGA’s sports integrity officer. Zerafa, a criminology lecturer with a Master’s degree in Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption Studies from the University of Portsmouth, has been at the MGA for four years.
Officer Antonio Zerafa said:
“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.”
Currently, the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TCAP) covers betting-related corruption issues, while the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to tackle doping in the sport. The two entities will now join together at a single location with shared services and operate independently to the sport.
CEO Heathcliff Farrugia said.
“The MGA is committing to cooperation with stakeholders to the extent permitted by law to act against a pervasive phenomenon that threatens the integrity of both the sports and the betting industries.”