The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and Sportradar Integrity Services, a global provider of sports integrity solutions, have extended their partnership through 2023. This multi-year renewal agreement demonstrates the two organisations’ strong integrity collaboration, which began in 2017.
Under the terms of the agreement, all events organised or sanctioned by the ITTF or its affiliates, including the World Table Tennis Championships and other World Table Tennis (WTT) events, will be monitored by Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System (FDS), an advanced and proven bet monitoring system that has been independently assessed and verified by recognised experts in the field of sports betting and integrity.
A global team of qualified integrity experts analyses unusual betting patterns and alerts partners to any suspicious matches, providing critical visibility into global match-fixing. Sportradar detected over 500 suspicious matches last year and over 5,500 suspicious matches over the last 15 years.
Additionally, the ITTF will have access to Sportradar Intelligence & Investigation Services, which will assist it in identifying and investigating integrity threats and issues through the use of their intelligence, investigation, and due diligence expertise. Additionally, Sportradar will provide an in-depth risk assessment of the global betting and integrity landscape for Table Tennis, including the latest trends backed up by expert insights.
“Protecting the integrity of our events is critical, and our partnership with Sportradar Integrity Services helps us strengthen our integrity programme,” ITTF CEO Steve Dainton stated. We believe that by leveraging their extensive experience in the field of sports integrity, we will be in the best possible position to identify and address any emerging risk factors threatening our sport.”
“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,” he added.
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