Sportradar, the world’s leading integrity and sports data supplier, announced today that they have signed a partnership agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) for the next three years. The agreement between the two will see Sportradar monitor three ice hockey tournaments a year from 2015 to 2017 as well as provide workshop’s on fraud and how to prevent it, targeting players, officials and managers.
Sportradar will deploy their Fraud Detection System (FDS), which will monitor the world’s betting market for any events covered by them under the IIHF. Here the system will look for any suspicious odds movement, bets and many other things, to look for potential fraud and match-fixing.
“Very few sports excite and engage fans like ice hockey does. And we want to keep it that way,” said IIHF President René Fasel. “The integrity of our World Championships and our sport are central to that.”
“What this partnership does is send a powerful message. It sends a powerful message to our fans that we will not compromise when it comes to protecting the honesty of the game we all love. By including the U20 and U18 competitions, we send a message that we are doing all we can to safeguard our sport for today and tomorrow. By partnering with a professional organisation like Sportradar, we send a message to the fixers that we are watching them. Zero compromise; zero tolerance.”
Sportradar Managing Director Andreas Krannich added: “Hearing President Fasel’s words is reassuring to me and should be reassuring to all those that love ice hockey. By asking us to monitor 126 ice hockey games and deliver 12 workshops over three years, the IIHF has shown a keen awareness of this vitally important issue. We have worked hard to develop the ice hockey Fraud Detection System and we have honed it to the needs and sensitivities of the sport. This partnership is a powerful show of trust and confidence in our system, but also in our educational programme, which has been reworked and tailored and is now ready to be delivered to the best players in the world!”