Lottery associations sign agreement with International Sports Convention
The World Lottery Association and European Lottery Association have signed an agreement with the International Sports Convention (ISC) 2016. The ISC takes place on December 7-8, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Many in the World of Sport are unaware of the vital contribution and significant role Lotteries have played in the sustainable financing of grassroots sport and social projects in Sport. Having a strong base at the pyramid of Sport is essential for the long term and sustained Sports development as well as a strong sports business industry. Indeed, supporting sports and mainly grassroots sport has always been part of the traditional lottery model. Feeling that match-fixing undermines the credibility of modern sport and as the traditional allies of sport, Lotteries could not stay idle in the fight for sports integrity.
The World Lottery Association (WLA) and European Lottery Association (EL) will play a significant role in The Sports Integrity Conference and also have speakers and representatives in other conferences. In total there will be 18 sports conferences over 2 days and 3000 delegates. A combined delegation of WLA/EL members will be about 200 persons, indicating the significance of the WLA, EL and ISC cooperation.
Nigel Fletcher, CEO of The International Sports Convention states:
“We look forward to welcoming The World Lotteries Association and The European Lotteries Association including many of its members. The significant role they are both playing in maintaining the integrity and high ethics of sport is paramount for the future of Sport”.
Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, President of the WLA and CEO of Loterie Romande, Switzerland said:
“Integrity and transparency is at the very heart of the games offered by the global lottery community and in particular when it comes to sports betting. Without the guarantee of integrity that we can give to our authorities, our players and the sports associations that organize the competitions - the medium of our bets - there would be no games of chance. The initiative to participate in the International Sports Convention (ISC) 2016 will contribute to share our core values with the sports sphere and to fight against anything that threaten the integrity of our bets, notably the manipulation of sports results.”
Hansjörg Höltkemeier, President of the European Lottery Association (EL) and Member of the Managing Board of Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin, states:
“We are excited about this new collaboration with the International Sport Convention (ISC) regarding the organization of a Sports Integrity Conference on 7 December 2016. Without any doubt, match-fixing is the greatest threat modern sport is confronted with and EL and WLA have been extremely active in the fight against the phenomenon and have taken numerous actions against it. EL, WLA and the ISC will work hard in order to develop an interesting programme and we are confident that this Conference will provide a unique platform for discussions and exchange of ideas and will take the fight for sports integrity onto a higher level.”
European Lotteries (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from 45 European countries including all 28 EU Member States. The association’s Members contribute more than 20 billion € p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. The annual contribution to sports reaches the level of 2.5 billion Euros, of which grassroots sport is the main beneficiary. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government (in the jurisdiction where the consumer is located).
For more on EL, please visit their website at: www.european-lotteries.org
About The World Lottery Association
The World Lottery Association (WLA) is an international, member-based organization of state-authorized lotteries and suppliers to the global lottery industry. Its mission is to advance the collective interests of its members and to facilitate their development through the provision of a range of lottery-related services, such as internationally recognized lottery sector standards.
WLA Lottery Members are organizations licensed or authorized to conduct lotteries or sports betting operations in a jurisdiction domiciled in a state recognized by the United Nations. The majority of their net revenues must be dedicated to supporting the public good. As stipulated by the WLA Code of Conduct, all WLA Member Lotteries may only sell their products to consumers within the jurisdiction in which they are licensed. WLA Associate Members are suppliers of goods and services to the lottery or sports betting industries whose business practices conform to the aims and objectives of the association. Currently, there are 152 WLA Lottery Members and 71 WLA Associate Members drawn from over 80 countries spanning five continents.
For more on the World Lottery Association, please visit their website at: www.world-lotteries.org
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CONVENTION – December 7-8, 2016 – Geneva, Switzerland.
World’s largest sports convention including 18 sports conferences over 2 days, a combined exhibition, 200 speakers and 3000+ delegates. www.iscgeneva.com