The International Table Tennis Federation has appointed Sportradar as an integrity partner. The ITTF will utilize Sportradar services for organisation’s monitoring, intelligence and prevention solutions to help safeguard against match-fixing.
As per the terms of the agreement, hundreds of matches each year will be covered by Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System (FDS) and will cover all major ITTF events, including the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships, the men’s and women’s World Cup and the ITTF World Tour.
FDS is a unique system provided by Sportradar to monitor and analyze match-fixing and worldwide betting market for suspicious betting patterns. FDS helps law enforcement and state authorities to monitor, detect and analyze match-fixing and betting-related manipulation.
Sportradar is a multinational corporation that collects and analyzes sports data. Sportradar provides services to bookmakers, national and international sports federations, and media companies.
The deal is geared towards safeguarding table tennis against match-fixing and will see hundreds of matches each year covered by Sportradar’s FDS.
Additionally, the ITTF will be able to use Sportradar’s bespoke Fraud Intelligence Unit, a team of experts that will use a variety of tools and processes to detect individuals who are looking to enable, organize and finance any integrity attacks on table tennis.
Thomas Weikert, president of the ITTF, said: “We are very pleased to be signing a partnership with Sportradar, as the world’s leading supplier of solutions to help prevent the threat of match-fixing and other integrity concerns around table tennis. Protecting the sport from such activity is crucial in maintaining table tennis’ position as an exhilarating spectacle and professional sport. We are looking forward to working with Sportradar to keep our sport clean, which is one of the aspects that we pride ourselves on.”
Andreas Krannich, Sportradar’s managing director of integrity services, added: “Table tennis is a truly global sport, enjoyed in every corner of the globe and fan favourite at every Olympic Games. The ITTF has today sent a clear message to their stakeholders and fans: comprehensive and credible protection is now in place to keep the game you love honest. There will be no compromise in this regard. We are humbled by their trust and commitment.”