The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with sports data solutions provider Sportradar that will see the companies work together to share information on sports betting integrity.
All sports competitions covered by the IOC’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS), including all Olympic Games competitions and a range of International Federation competitions, are covered by the MoU. It has been agreed as part of the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, which called for greater cooperation between stakeholders.
Both organisations will share information gathered from all these competitions, as well as exploring opportunities to work on activities to improve each organisation’s know-how and transfer of expertise.
“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,” the IOC’s ethics and compliance chief officer Pâquerette Girard-Zappelli said.
“Having Sportradar as a partner within IBIS is a big step for the safeguarding of both the Olympic Games and the key competitions of international federations.”
Sportradar’s managing director of security services Andreas Krannich said that Olympic Agenda 2020, ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, is a “new chapter” for the IOC as it looks to renew its commitment to achieving key goals, chiefly 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,” Krannich explained. “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.”