Badminton Europe has enlisted Sportradar Integrity Services to safeguard the sport against match-fixing, as the latter finds ‘growing evidence’ of integrity threats.
Leveraging the 15-year ‘substantial experience and expertise’ of Sportradar Integrity Service, Badminton Europe will benefit from the data and analytics provider’s Universal Fraud Detection System.
Using the UFDS, Sportradar will provide bet monitoring and reporting for badminton championships across the BEC Championships, BEC International Challenge, BEC International Series and BEC Future Series.
“This agreement demonstrates Badminton Europe’s commitment to tackling the threat of match-fixing,” said Brian Agerbak, General Secretary at Badminton Europe.
“By bringing the expertise of Sportradar Integrity Services on board to monitor our competitions through their UFDS platform, we now have valuable insight into the betting markets offered and activity occurring on our tournaments at a global level, and our tournaments are boosted by having these protections.”
An ‘advanced and proven bet monitoring system’, the UFDS has been independently assessed and verified by experts in the field of sports betting and integrity.
Sportradar Integrity Services global team of integrity specialists analyse fixtures for abnormalities, and any suspicious matches will be reported to Badminton Europe.
The firm has detected over 6,000 suspicious matches over its 15 year experience of bet monitoring and integrity services provision, with more than 600 of these taking place in 2020 alone.
“We are thrilled to sign this agreement with Badminton Europe to help support the integrity of European Badminton competitions,” added Andreas Krannich, Managing Director at Sportradar Integrity Services.
“At Sportradar we have witnessed growing evidence of global match-fixing in recent years across a range of sports, and it is vital, now more than ever, that strong integrity measures are put in position.
“Sportradar Integrity Services have a proven track record in this field, and the UFDS services provided through this agreement will offer significant assistance to Badminton Europe as they look to identify and mitigate all forms of betting related integrity risk.”
Badminton Europe joins a range of other sporting authorities in Sportradar Integrity Service’s client portfolio, including the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), Austrian Football Federation (ÖFB), the Netherlands Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation (NOC*NSF), and the Swedish Football Association (SvFF).