7 Oct 2022
RLWC2021 partners with Gambling Commission to protect the integrity of tournament
Rugby League World Cup 2021 is pleased to announce a partnership with the Gambling Commission which will help protect the integrity of the tournament and manage reports of irregular betting patterns while supporting players with education and guidance ahead of the biggest World Cup in the sport’s 127-year history.
RLWC2021 and the Gambling Commission have worked together to agree the processes to manage reports of suspect betting related matters to the Tournament ensuring that players, teams and support staff’s welfare and the integrity of the competition is protected.
A Betting Integrity Policy will be put in place which all participants who work or compete in the tournament must comply with and prohibits:
- Misuse of privileged information
- Inducements or coercion
Each participant will be provided with a Code of Conduct and required to complete an online training module prior to playing in the tournament. Anyone who is approached in any way is encouraged to report it immediately to the Sports Betting Intelligence Unit and RLWC2021 officials.
RLWC2021 has also appointed an Integrity Lead who will be the first point of contact for any queries.
Rugby League World Cup 2021, Chief Executive, Jon Dutton, said:
“Protecting the integrity of competition is a huge priority for any sport and Rugby League World Cup 2021 is no different. It is vital that the fans who watch our tournament’s 61 matches, whether in the stadium or across the world, can have confidence that each fixture is taking place on a level playing field and trust that the final result is down to nothing other than the endeavour, skill and commitment of the players on the field.
“Working alongside the Gambling Commission we have put some robust policies and procedures in place to ensure that the teams, players and support staff have the right information to enable them to make informed decisions should they find themselves in this position. We want them to feel confident that they know the steps they can take should they need to.”