In a bid to enhance its integrity safeguarding capabilities, the Swiss Handball Federation (SVF) has entered an agreement with Sportadar, enlisting its Sportradar Integrity Services (SIS) unit.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, the SVF will receive the support of Sportradar’s Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS), which will see the US Nasdaq-registered sport data and technology firm’s integrity team monitor betting patterns.

Any abnormalities detected in both men’s and women’s matches at youth and senior level, including, the Quickline Handball League and Mobiliar Handball Cup tournaments, will be reported to the SVF with the goal of ‘allowing critical visibility’ into potential match fixing or manipulation.

Jürgen Krucker, Managing Director of Swiss Handball, said: “We are taking all the necessary steps to safeguard our game, and we recognise that bet monitoring plays an important role in this across all levels of competition. 

“Sportradar Integrity Services have a proven track record in the field of sports integrity, and by bringing them on board to monitor our competitions through their UFDS solution we will have crucial visibility of global betting activity surrounding our competitions.”

Having made its public listing debut earlier this year, Sportradar has entered into a number of integrity agreements with sports groups including with the FIBA 3-3 urban basketball and the Austrian Tennis Association (ATA), whilst betting data arrangements have been inked with the likes of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Andreas Krannich, Managing Director of Sportradar Integrity Services, commented: “We have witnessed growing integrity threats over the years, particularly due to recent global events, as well as an increasing betting interest in sports such as handball, and so are excited to have entered into this partnership with the SHV. 

“At Sportradar, we are fully committed to assisting our partners’ integrity efforts and look forward to working together with the SHV to support the integrity of Swiss handball in the years ahead.”

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