The governing body for snooker and billiards, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), has taken steps to further secure the integrity of its competitions through a new partnership with Sportradar.

The three-year agreement will see the WPBSA deploy Sportradar Integrity Services' Fraud Detection System to monitor thousands of snooker matches each year, with intelligence and investigatory support provided by Sportradar as required. The association will also hold annual workshops to educate stakeholders on integrity issues.

Sportradar now monitors more than 230 leagues and competitions worldwide, across a range of sports.

WPBSA vice chair Nigel Mawer said that after working informally with Sportradar in recent years, the association was delighted to have established a stronger and closer relationship.

"Sportradar continues to develop new services and improve the sharpness of their existing products, which means that this partnership should enable us to preserve the most robust defences against those who would look to undermine our sport," Mawer said.

Andreas Krannich, Sportradar managing director for integrity services, added: "Fans and stakeholders of the WPBSA should feel reassured that they have such a committed and forward-looking team protecting these two sports. This development is really encouraging and we look forward to doing our bit to ensure snooker remains an exciting, world class sport."

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