Sportradar renews ITTF deal to underscore global table tennis integrity

By | June 15, 2021

Sportradar Integrity Services has extended its partnership with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), covering a range of global tournaments until 2023, building on a collaboration beginning in 2017.

The multi-year contract renewal will see Sportradar use its Fraud Detection System (FDS) to monitor potentially suspicious betting activity at all events organised or sanctioned by the ITTF and its affiliates, including the World Table Tennis Championships and World Table Tennis (WTT).

Additionally, the ITTF will leverage Sportradar’s Intelligence and Investigation Services to identify and investigate integrity threats and issues, utilising ‘intelligence, investigation and due diligence expertise’.

The sports data analytics company’s Integrity Services will work to provide a comprehensive risk assessment of global betting and integrity within table tennis, including recent trends supported by expert insights.

Andreas Krannich, Sportradar Integrity Services Managing Director, remarked: “We are proud to announce this multi-year extension of our partnership with ITTF. 

“In our position as a leader in sporting integrity, it is our top priority to provide our partners with an effective framework to combat match-fixing and other integrity issues, especially when considering the increased risk to global sport as a result of the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We look forward to continuing to support the ITTF’s integrity programme, and helping to uphold the integrity of global Table Tennis competitions.”

Sportradar Integrity Services’ FDS, launched in February 2021, is a bet monitoring system independently assessed and verified by sports betting and integrity specialists.

FDS features a team of qualified integrity who analyse irregular betting patterns and suspicious matches, which are reported to partners in order to enhance visibility into global match fixing activities.

Sportradar was able to utilise FDS to detect over 500 suspicious matches across the international sporting landscape last year, and over the past 15 years has reported over 5,500 suspicious matches to its global partners, including the Austrian Football Federation (ÖFB), the General Directorate National Police of Bulgaria, Netherlands Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation (NOC*NSF), and the Swedish Football Association (SvFF).

Commenting on the contract extension with Sportradar, Steve Dainton, ITTF CEO, commented: “Protecting the integrity of our events is of the utmost importance, and our partnership with Sportradar Integrity Services helps to strengthen our integrity programme.

“By utilising their extensive experience in the field of sports integrity, we believe that we are in the strongest possible position to identify integrity issues in our competitions, and address any emerging risk factors threatening our sport.”

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