Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) President Ludovico Calvi has urged Latin America’s lottery organizations to join his association and, in doing so, demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding sporting ethics. He made the call during the recent 17th CIBELAE Congress in San Jose, Costa Rica. 

Addressing delegates, Calvi talked of the benefits of GLMS membership, emphasizing the value of the education and prevention tools that it makes available to its members, facilitating stronger relationships with national sports and law enforcement stakeholders. 

At the same time, he underlined the importance of the GLMS Code of Conduct, which can be used by lotteries as a clear and concrete reference for developing a responsible and sustainable sports betting operations.

Calvi went on to explain the basic provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on Sport Competition Manipulations, implemented in September this year, calling upon lottery operators to work with their governments to sign and ratify the framework. 

He also emphasized the importance of national platforms (as per article 13 of the Convention) in the fight against manipulation of sports competitions. After briefly explaining the structure of a number of established national platforms, he called upon Latin American Lotteries to mobilize their states, sports and law enforcement stakeholders  towards the creation of their own effective national platforms.

In the wake of the event, Calvi stated: “I would like to thank and congratulate CIBELAE for the excellent organization of the congress, which gave the opportunity to the lottery community in the region to discuss key topics. 

“The integrity of sports is indeed one of the most significant issues that the lottery community has to deal with nowadays and I would like to reiterate the significance for lotteries in the region to join our GLMS family, helping us to further strengthen the ‘glocal’ dimension of our intelligence work and show their solidarity to the 32 Lotteries across the globe, which have joined forces to prevent sport from being infiltrated by criminal activity.”