IOC acts on match-fixing threat

IOC acts on match-fixing threat

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Totally Gaming
Sportradar's Andreas Krannich said the deal shows the IOC's commitment to sports integrity

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says that a new deal with Sportradar will strengthen the battle for sports integrity.

Sportradar and the IOC have signed a memorandum of understanding in which they will share information on competitions covered by the IOC’s Integrity Betting System (IBIS), such as the Olympic Games and a host of major international competitions.

The move comes in the same week that the integrity of the Olympic Games and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), athletics’ regulatory body, have been rocked by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission report that made accusations of “state-sponsored doping” among Russian athletes.

Sportradar Security Services, a provider of monitoring, prevention and education solutions to sports organisations and state authorities through its Fraud Detection System (FDS), already includes Uefa, the European football body, and global basketball regulator Fiba among its partners.

“In 2013, we launched our IBIS to collate alerts and information on manipulation through betting on sport, and since then we have looked to identify organisations that can give us an insight into betting and match-fixing activities globally,” said Pâquerette Girard-Zappelli, ethics and compliance chief officer at the IOC.

“Having Sportradar as a partner within IBIS is a big step for the safeguarding of both the Olympic Games and the key competitions of international federations.”

Sportradar and the IOC have also agreed to explore opportunities for more joint activities and mutual contributions to strengthen their knowledge. The two parties also noted that the new partnership will strengthen the drive for “greater cooperation found in the text of the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions”.

Andreas Krannich, managing director of security services at Sportradar, added: “Olympic Agenda 2020 marks a new chapter for the IOC. It marks a renewed commitment and vigour across the IOC’s responsibilities and commitments, chief amongst those – integrity.

“After 10 years of working to raise awareness and insight into the world of match-manipulation, it is a great time to provide our expertise to the IOC.”
 

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