BWF and IOC sign corruption busting deal

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS).

The IOC pioneered IBIS in order to stamp out illegal betting practices, match-fixing and corruption. IBIS is a digital platform that allows member associations to share information between sports and betting entities. The system will be in effect from January 2015; after it was successfully tested at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer said: "We are pleased to join with IOC and other international federations in the fight against corruption in sport. We expect IBIS to have a positive impact and look forward to benefiting from it. This is a significant ideal to which we all subscribe, that sport must be played in an environment devoid of illegal betting, match fixing or any other forms of corruption or manipulation and BWF will continue to do its utmost to uphold this and spread this philosophy among its global membership."

IOC sports director Kit McConnell said: "The IOC applauds BWF for signing up for IOC's initiative for clean competitions. IBIS will be in place not only for badminton competitions at Olympics and Youth Olympics but also for BWF's major tournaments."