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IOC and Sportradar partner for integrity effort

Sports and betting-related services company Sportradar and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as part of an effort to help protect the integrity of sports competitions.

Under the agreement, the two parties will share information on competitions covered by the IOC’s Integrity Betting System (IBIS). Events include the Olympic Games and various International Federation (IF) competitions.

The two parties will also explore opportunities for additional joint activities and mutual contributions to enhance their knowledge of sporting integrity. As part of this arrangement, Sportradar will participate in a panel session at this year’s IF Forum, which takes place this week in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In a joint statement, the IOC and Sportradar said the partnership will reinforce 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.”