Sportradar links up with IOC for integrity initiative

Sports and betting-related services company Sportradar and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has entered into a partnership in an effort to help protect the integrity of sports events and competitions.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both Sportradar and the IOC, the two parties will share information on competitions covered by the IOC’s Integrity Betting System (IBIS).

Events covered by the IBIS umbrella include the IOC’s showpiece Olympic Games and a host of International Federation (IF) competitions.

Sportradar and the IOC have also agreed to explore opportunities for more joint activities and mutual contributions to strengthen their knowledge of sporting integrity.

As part of this effort, Sportradar will feature at this year’s IF Forum, which takes place this week in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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”.

Pâquerette Girard-Zappelli, ethics and compliance chief officer at the IOC, said: “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.

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

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.

“The Olympic Games are the symbol of global sport and capture the power of sport to positively impact on our world.”

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