Snooker’s governing body, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), has renewed its partnership with the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) to help safeguard the sport’s integrity.
The companies first began working together in 2013, and will continue to collaborate on a series of new programmes and initiatives designed to stamp out corruption in snooker, with the ultimate goal of having the sport included at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The ICSS will provide integrity awareness training to the WPBSA, including seminars and advice for tour players, coaches, officials and administrators, as well as supporting the association with match-fixing-related intelligence issues.
It will also oversee the WPBSA’s betting monitoring programme to identify suspicious gambling patterns during matches.
WPBSA chair Jason Ferguson said he was delighted to have renewed the partnership with ICSS, saying that the new agreement demonstrated his association’s ongoing commitment to safeguarding the integrity of snooker.
“I look forward to working closely with the ICSS’s team of sport integrity experts and Sportradar to ensure that snooker continues to take a strong and proactive stance in safeguarding its integrity,” Ferguson added.
ICSS president Mohammed Hanzab commented: “On behalf of the ICSS, I would like to thank the WPBSA for extending their partnership with the ICSS and would like to applaud them for their continued commitment and leadership in ensuring the highest levels of integrity in snooker.
“Whilst many acknowledge the challenges faced in safeguarding sport, the WPBSA are one of the leading governing bodies in the area of sport integrity and continue to take proactive steps to protect snooker against the very real and emerging threats that are challenging all sport today,” he explained.
Chris Eaton, executive director of sport integrity for ICSS, added: “Together with the entire ICSS Sport Integrity team, I am delighted to work once again with Jason Ferguson, Nigel Mawer and the WPBSA team and look forward to developing new and innovative programmes that will further enhance the WPBSA’s position as a leader in the area of sport integrity.”