Players and officials across Hong Kong undertake week long integrity programme

Players and officials across Hong Kong undertake week long integrity programme

Monday, October 30, 2017 Posted by Joseph Streeter
A total of 16 bespoke workshops were delivered to both Premier League and Division One Clubs in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) has demonstrated its on-going commitment to integrity by hosting a week-long integrity programme for players and officials across the territory.

The programme has been developed and run by HKFA partner, Sportradar, as part of its collaboration focused on educating and protecting players from potential match fixing approaches.

A total of 16 bespoke workshops were delivered to both Premier League and Division One Clubs in Hong Kong. A representative from Sportradar also presented to approximately 100 match officials at a HKFA Referee workshop that took place at Olympic House.

The programme features unique and tailored educational and training workshops for players and officials, using interactive learning and real-life situations to highlight the potential risks and circumstances of match fixing. Each session was delivered in English and Cantonese, with the assistance of a translator.

The integrity education programmes are part of Sportradar’s Fraud Prevention Service (FPS), which incorporates a comprehensive suite of tools that can be tailored to meet the specific education and prevention needs of any federation, league or club. The bespoke suites can also include official certification and marketing support to educate and assure stakeholders.

Sportradar’s Alex Inglot told TotallyGaming.com: “Prevention is always better than cure. So we feel strongly that getting in front of players, referees, coaches and other participants or entourage members, and giving them an insight into how the betting market works, how fixers groom, what the relevant rules and sanctions are, all raises their awareness and decreases their naivety and vulnerability. Without a doubt, that limits the ability for fixers to recruit.”

HKFA CEO Mark Sutcliffe added: “As guardians of the game of football in Hong Kong, it’s vital that we remain proactive in doing what we can to ensure our players and match officials are provided with the knowledge to be able to avoid match fixing situations. This is where Sportradar’s training and expertise is crucial as the recognised leaders in sports integrity worldwide. We are particularly grateful to our clubs, especially those from the Premier League for a 100 per cent turnout.”   

Totally Gaming says: Match fixing is a reality in Hong Kong, so integrity based projects like this are of the utmost importance in deterring future manipulations and corruptions in the country’s  sport. Furthermore, the fact that so many important figures from sport attended also affirms that the relevant governing bodies and officials are committed to increasing integrity in the nation’s sporting culture.

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