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FIA and Sportradar Launch RaceAgaintManipulation Campaign

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The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Sportradar launched a new initiative to tackle fixing and manipulation in motorsport events.

The RaceAgainstManipulation campaign will target drivers competing in both national and international competitions as well as team personnel, officials, volunteers, event organisers and FIA staff and consultants.

Jean Todt, President of FIA, said: “Safeguarding the integrity of motor sport worldwide is of paramount importance. No reports of betting manipulation in motor sport have been received to date but we must be vigilant.

“And the best way to achieve this is through education. RaceAgainstManipulation will help stakeholders to recognise potential threats, assist them in the reporting of misconduct. It is an essential tool in the fight to maintain sporting integrity and I advise everyone involved in our sport to use it.”

Additionally, the FIA also aims to reach out to the wider motorsport community outside of the FIA, including national sporting organisations, staff and consultants, media and fans of the sport.

The partners’ efforts include the launch of an e-learning platform, consisting of a 30-minute tutorial, first provided to Formula One drivers on Friday 27 August at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

Content covered by the tutorial includes the identification of the behaviour of competition fixtures and information concerning obligations and the duty to report, as well as details regarding the consequences which can arise as a result of regulations breaches. Upon completing the tutorial, each participant receives an FIA certificate.

FIA Secretary-General for Sport Peter Bayer said: “This user-friendly platform is a milestone for the FIA and the motor sports world as it will help raise awareness of the specific contents of the International Sporting Code on this topic and in particular what competition manipulation means in an informative and entertaining approach.

“I thank Pierre Ketterer, Head of the FIA Governance, Integrity & Regulatory Affairs Department and the FIA team for their proactive process to this important matter.”

Andreas Krannich, Managing Director Integrity Services at Sportradar, said: “Manipulation and fixing is a serious threat to sport worldwide and it’s important that all those actively participating in competitive sports competitions, be they competitors, officials or other stakeholders, have the necessary tools to identify risks and how to go about reporting them through the appropriate channels.

“RaceAgainstManipulation is a great initiative with a clear purpose and we commend the FIA for the steps they’re taking to educate their drivers and other stakeholders, and maintain the integrity of their sport.”

Central Europe

ComeOn Gaming Secures GlüNeuRStv Sportsbook Licence

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The registry of the Ministry of Sports and the Interior of Saxony Anhalt has confirmed that it has granted a German Fourth Interstate Treaty (GlüNeuRStv) licence to ComeOn Gaming.

Cherry AB’s B2C unit has registered the brands sunmaker.de, comeonwetten.de and mobilebet.de under its approved German licence.

Though having secured its GlüNeuRStv licence, ComeOn has yet to disclose whether it will launch a sportsbook property, accepting the terms of Germany’s conflicted sportsbook marketplace.

At present, Saxony Anhalt has chosen to serve as the GlüNeuRStv regime’s interim regulator, as the state’s executive proceeds to establish Glücksspielbehörde (GGL) – German gambling’s new federal regulatory authority by the end of 2022.

ComeOn joins 35 foreign and domestic operators that have been granted GlüNeuRStv sports betting licences.

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UKGC Unveils New Guidance to Help Combat Problem Gambling

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) updated its new list of rules on high-risk gamblers. The new consumer protection guidance, which gambling businesses are required to take account of, will help them comply with new rules coming into effect in September.

In April the Commission announced new rules to ensure online gambling businesses do more to identify and take action to protect customers at risk of harm. The updated consumer protection guidance will help gambling businesses understand and comply with the new rules, which come into effect on 12 September.

The existing guidance and additional guidance issued during the COVID-19 pandemic will still apply and be available for operators to refer to until 12 September.

The new guidance provides further information for remote gambling businesses on:

  • identifying vulnerable customers
  • indicators of harm they must monitor for, including what is considered a “strong” indicator of harm
  • when to use automated systems and processes
  • how to evaluate the impact of customer interactions.

UKGC Chief Executive Andrew Rhodes said: “Operators must take account of this guidance ahead of the stronger requirements coming into effect. We are giving the industry time to prepare for the changes and expect full compliance by September. Every gambling business has a role to play to prevent gambling harm and this guidance makes clear what we expect to see, which will be supported with enforcement action should we need it.

“In the current context, including the rise in the cost of living, it is more important than ever for operators to meet these requirements to identify customers at risk of harm.”

The new guidance forms part of the Commission’s ongoing drive to make gambling in Britain safer. The Commission will shortly be launching a further consultation on the ways to tackle three key financial risks for consumers: binge gambling, significant unaffordable losses over time and risks for those who are financially vulnerable.

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Lithuania Sets New Lottery Age Purchase to +18

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The Budget and Finance Committee of Lithuania’s Seimas (Parliamentary Assembly) has completed a draft decree proposing new standards on lottery play and advertising for the Baltic state.

The Committee’s headline measure has called on parliament to undertake a vote to raise the minimum age of purchase of lottery tickets from 16-to-18 years of age. If approved, Lithuania’s government will enforce a new lottery age restriction from 1 January 2023.

The decree has further ordered Olifėja, Lithuania’s state-sanctioned operator, to display age-range notifications and safer gambling warnings across its weekly lottery draws of Teleloto, Vikinglotto, Eurojackpot and further Instant-win games.

Olifėja serves as Lithuania’s national lottery steward, charged with raising funds for the National Olympic Committee, its business activities monitored by Lithuania’s Gaming Control Authority.

Since 2020, the successive Lithuanian governments of PMs Saulius Skvernelis and Ingrida Šimonytė have chosen to amend the laws of the 2016 Gambling Act.

Last year, the government ordered the Gaming Control Authority to ban all licensed operators from promoting any form of gambling incentive (bonuses, discounts, reward programmes).

Furthermore, the government granted the Gaming Control Authority direct powers to IP-block unlicensed operators and to issue bigger fines on non-compliant operators, changes that were sanctioned as a COVID-19 civic protection measure.

Lithuania carries amongst the strictest age laws for gambling in Europe, in which players must be +21 years of age to enter a gambling venue.

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