Yoti’s digital ID chosen to help restart football season in Colombia

Yoti’s digital ID chosen to help restart football season in Colombia

Yoti is taking the challenge of providing digital IDs for soccer players tested for coronavirus in Colombia as the country is trying to find a solution to reopen its football season, Business Insider reports following a conversation with CEO Robin Tombs.

By deploying Yoti’s advanced technology checks and increasing the number of tests run, DIMAYOR (Major Division of Colombian Soccer) officials trust the situation to improve. The country has been locked down since March 13. The testing will be performed by Athletics and Health Solutions, backed by Canadians from investment company QuestCap, which then selected Yoti as a partner in this project.

Soccer players and staff will be provided with a Yoti mobile phone-based digital ID the details of which will be shared with employers. To enter a venue, official will scan the QR code on the digital ID.

“By using Yoti’s secure digital identity app and platform, QuestCap’s program can issue trusted test results on to the phones of the right people,” Tombs told Business Insider. “As professional sports leagues start to explore testing programs that enable teams and staff to return to competition behind closed doors, Yoti helps ensure the integrity and security of the test data being shared,” he added.

Colombian president Ivan Duque said the idea to resume the soccer league matches was “very irresponsible.”

Last week, QuestCap said the budget for testing kits imported from South Korea was $7 million, however the tests are not yet approved by the U.S. FDA or the health department in Canada.

In March, Yoti started offering its biometric digital identity verification service for free for three months to all public health organizations, emergency services and community initiatives fighting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Yoti’s digital ID card solution is used by NHS England and NHS Improvement to verify healthcare workers’ identity, improve onboarding and enhance privacy and security with biometrics during the crisis.

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