The Korea Racing Authority has partnered with Sports Information Services (SIS) to bring premium horse racing fixtures from South Korea to a global audience. This groundbreaking collaboration will provide 202 fixtures annually from the esteemed tracks of Busan and Seoul, adding 1800 races to SIS’ content lineup. Horse racing enthusiasts around the world can expect an enhanced betting experience from one of the world’s most esteemed racing territories.

SuHyeong Lee, Head of International Races and Relations at the Korea Racing Authority, expressed excitement about expanding the visibility of their racing through this deal. They believe it will increase the popularity of horse racing from Korea and be well received globally.

Conall McSorley, Head of International Horse Racing, EMEA at SIS, also shared his enthusiasm about including fixtures from Busan and Seoul in their content offering. He believes this will provide operators and bettors with a wider range of betting opportunities and expects a positive response.

In May 2023, South Korea approved a revision to the Horseracing Act, allowing online betting on horseracing for individuals aged 21 and above. Lawmakers justified this amendment due to the significant losses suffered by the Korean Racing Association (KRA) during the pandemic. The government embraced online betting as a strategy to revive the racing sector and outlined plans for an electronic bookmaker system, along with measures to protect bettors.

The legalisation of online betting on horse racing in South Korea has been a contentious topic, but the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the government to reassess and support this measure in order to revitalize the industry.

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