IOC and Sportradar join forces with integrity-focused MoU
A few days before the IF Forum is hosted in Lausanne with its focus on governance in sport and the manipulation of competitions, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Sportradar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday, which will see both organisations exchange information that they are privy to concerning sports betting and the integrity of sports competitions.
All sports competitions covered by the IOC’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (“IBIS”), including the competitions of the Olympic Games and a range of International Federation competitions, are the subject of the MoU in a move that reinforces the drive for greater cooperation found in the text of the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. Both organisations will share information on all those competitions as well as explore opportunities for joint activities and mutual contributions that will improve their respective know-how and spread their expertise further afield. As part of the cooperation, Sportradar will be providing a panel speaker at the IF Forum on 12 November.
Speaking at the signing of the MoU, the IOC Ethics and Compliance Chief Officer Pâquerette Girard-Zappelli underlined: “In 2013, we launched our Intelligence Betting Integrity System (IBIS) to collate alerts and information on manipulation through betting on sport, and since then we have looked to identify organisations that can give us an insight into betting and match-fixing activities globally. Having Sportradar as a partner within IBIS is a big step for the safeguarding of both the Olympic Games and the key competitions of IFs.”
Sportradar’s Managing Director Security Services Andreas Krannich added: “Olympic Agenda 2020 marks a new chapter for the IOC. It marks a renewed commitment and vigour across the IOC’s responsibilities and commitments, chief amongst those – integrity. After 10 years of working to raise awareness and insight into the world of match-manipulation, it is a great time to provide our expertise to the IOC. The Olympic Games are the symbol of global sport and capture the power of sport to positively impact on our world. We are honoured that our Fraud Detection System will be able to strengthen the global audience’s faith in the amazing competitions they will be watching from Rio onwards”.
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