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O'Kane re-elected as ESSA chairman

13 February 2015

THE European Sports Security Association (ESSA) - the integrity body for betting operators - has unanimously re-elected Mike O'Kane as its chairman for a further two years.

O'Kane, Ladbrokes's business director, said he was "delighted to be able to continue in the role".

ESSA secretary general Khalid Ali welcomed the decision, adding: "I have worked closely with Mike now for a number of years and he has been a key factor in refocusing the organisation and delivering a number of significant achievements for the regulated sector.

"The organisation has grown in both membership and influence during that time, and has become a more visible and effective body."

ESSA now has 18 members with the PMU joining at the end of 2014 and Skybet coming on board recently.

O'Kane said: "ESSA has made significant headway by pushing for an evidenced-based discussion with decision-makers, which has resulted in refocusing the debate to issues such as poor sports governance.

"Much credit should go to the board and the wider membership for the hard work that has been put in to achieve that. However, we still face a number of challenges, notably achieving a more coordinated approach to information sharing between stakeholders."

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