The Belarusian Ice Hockey Association (BIHA) is stepping up efforts to stamp out corruption and protect the integrity of its events through a partnership with Sportadrar Integrity Services, the sports data provider's fraud monitoring division.

The two-year partnership will see Sportadar use its Fraud Detection System (FDS) to monitor betting on 720 matches, comprising 650 in the two seasons of the BIHA's Extraliga copmetition and 70 Ruslan Salej Cup matches.

"All leading international federations and major leagues realize the importance of accurate and credible monitoring systems to protect the reputation of their teams, competitions and sports," BIHA general secretary Yaraslau Zauharodni said. "We have chosen Sportradar as our main partner in this matter because the company is the recognized world leader in the prevention and detection of match-fixing.

"Their services are highly trusted in the sports world and their expertise has been repeatedly acknowledged by law enforcement agencies across a range of countries. The IIHF and NHL, the world’s largest ice hockey organisations, have already signed up with Sportradar.

"We have become their first partner at the national league level in the European market," Zauharodni continued. "It is important to note that the beginning of our cooperation does not mean that there have been any violations during games of the Belarusian Championship, but that the Federation primarily strives to prevent potential threats and secure the clubs and fans against possible risks. I am sure that other leading European leagues will follow our example soon."

Sportadar's managing director of integrity services, Andreas Krannich, added: "The FDS is completely tailored to the context, markets and idiosyncrasies in Belarusian ice hockey and we look forward to working with Mr Zauharodni and his team over the coming seasons."