Sports gaming fed appoints Justice AK Sikri as ombudsman

30 Jul,2019

By A Correspondent


The Indian Federation of Sports Gaming (IFSG) has announced the appointment of Justice A K Sikri as its Ombudsman & Ethics Officer. Justice Sikri is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India and was recently appointed as a judge in the Singapore International Commercial Court.


He will be responsible for investigating queries/complaints raised by users of the Online Fantasy Sports Gaming platforms. In this role, he will provide strategic counsel, resolve disputes brought forward regarding binding rules or financial discrepancies as well as steer hearings and make announcements for smooth operation and ease of functioning.


Commenting on the new appointments, Harsh Jain, President, IFSG said: “Justice A K Sikri’s association with IFSG is an important development for the industry body. The sports gaming industry is growing at an exponential pace and so is the need to ensure that all operators adopt best-in-class ethical business practices. With Anwar as the CEO of IFSG and Justice Sikri as the Ombudsman, IFSG will be able to frame robust industry benchmarks with strong governance protecting our industry’s 8 crore users and 32 operator’s interests.”


Commenting on his new role, Anwar Shirpurwala, CEO, IFSG said: “I am delighted to be part of IFSG and look forward to contributing to India’s emerging online sports gaming industry. With growing digital infrastructure, expanding smartphone penetration and increasing integration of technology with sports, online sports gaming has seen immense adoption by avid sports fans. The last year has seen an increasing number of operators entering the industry to provide sports fans with immersive experiences. While this presents an immense opportunity, it is critical to establish best practices to grow and scale the industry responsibly.”


Commenting on his new role, Justice A K Sikri, Ombudsman, IFSG added: “I am proud to be entrusted with the role of Ombudsman for IFSG. The sports gaming industry provides an untapped opportunity for sports lovers to showcase their sports knowledge and come closer to their favorite sport. As the industry prepares for the next wave of sports enthusiasts, as a self-regulatory industry body it is important to protect and educate operators & users about the industry and its best practices.”



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