The Norwegian government has taken steps to comply with the Council of Europe's Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, appointing Sportradar to develop a national platform to combat sports-related corruption.

Also known as the Macolin Convention, the directive requires European Economic Area member states to establish a platform through which each country can identify and tackle match-fixing.

Norway has created a team within the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority to address the issue, aided by Sportradar's Integrity Services division, which will work alongside this team to aid in the identification, development and investigation of match-fixing incidents.

"Norway has been able to forge on with setting up its national platform, having ratified the Macolin Convention at the end of 2014," Norwegian national platform team senior advisor Henrik Nordal said.

"We are now at the phase where we are putting all the pieces in place, all the systems and processes and relationships in place that will consolidate our country's defences and protect the integrity of our sports," he explained. "Sportradar's expertise and tools around detection and intelligence are a crucial part of those defences and we look forward to working with their specialists over the coming years."

Andreas Krannich, manging director of Sportradar Integrity Services, noted the growing momentum at the highest levels within Europe to push match-fixing higher up the list of national priorities.

"Nowhere is that more clear than in Norway, and we are truly honoured that the years we have spent working closely with sporting federations and law enforcement agencies have put us in a position where we can become the partner of choice for national platforms as they begin finalizing their structures and set ups," he said.

"This is an important time for how match-fixing is combatted and we remain committed to working with those that are leading the charge."

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