IIHF and Sportradar partner up to prevent betting fraud

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The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has today announced a landmark three-year partnership with integrity specialists Sportradar. Under the partnership, Sportradar willmonitor a total of three flagship tournaments per year from 2015 to 2017 and will deliver a total of 12 educational workshops, which will be targeted at participating players, officials, administrators and coaches.

Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System will monitor the world’s betting markets on the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, IIHF World Junior Championship and IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship each year, ensuring that any suspicious odds movements or patterns are flagged, analysed and promptly forwarded to the IIHF. Furthermore, each of those tournaments, each of those three years, will find Sportradar experts travelling to the host cities and providing all relevant participants with valuable insight and understanding of the global markets on ice hockey and the dangers posed by fixers.

“Very few sports excite and engage fans like ice hockey does. And we want to keep it that way,” said IIHF President René Fasel. “The integrity of our World Championships and our sport are central to that.”

“What this partnership does is send a powerful message. It sends a powerful message to our fans that we will not compromise when it comes to protecting the honesty of the game we all love. By including the U20 and U18 competitions, we send a message that we are doing all we can to safeguard our sport for today and tomorrow. By partnering with a professional organisation like Sportradar, we send a message to the fixers that we are watching them. Zero compromise; zero tolerance.”

Sportradar Managing Director Andreas Krannich added: “Hearing President Fasel’s words is reassuring to me and should be reassuring to all those that love ice hockey. By asking us to monitor 126 ice hockey games and deliver 12 workshops over three years, the IIHF has shown a keen awareness of this vitally important issue. We have worked hard to develop the ice hockey Fraud Detection System and we have honed it to the needs and sensitivities of the sport. This partnership is a powerful show of trust and confidence in our system, but also in our educational programme, which has been reworked and tailored and is now ready to be delivered to the best players in the world!”

About the IIHF
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), founded on May 15, 1908 in Paris, France, is the governing body of international ice hockey and inline hockey. The IIHF features 73 member associations, each of which is the national governing body of the sport in its nation. Besides controlling the international rulebook, processing international player transfers, and dictating officiating guidelines, the IIHF runs numerous development programmes designed to bring hockey to a broader population.

The IIHF also presides over ice hockey in the Olympic Games, and over the IIHF World Championships at all levels, men, women, juniors under-20, juniors under-18 and women under-18. Each season, the IIHF in collaboration with its local organising committees, runs around 25 different World Championships in the five different categories.

For more information about the IIHF, please visit: www.iihf.com

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