The European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) has become the latest federation to partner with Sportradar Integrity Services (SIS), an arm of the international sports data intelligence and digital content service provider.
Under a multi-year bet monitoring agreement, matches in the European Championships and men’s and women’s Champions League, among other key events, will be monitored by SIS via its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS).
The UFDS, which was used to monitor the 2022 European Championships in Munich last month (August), will analyze betting patterns for abnormalities, with any suspicious matches will be reported.
SIS claims to have detected more than 7,500 suspicious matches during the past 17 years, over 800 of which took place in 2022 alone.
Pedro Moura, acting president of the European Table Tennis Union, said: “Protecting the integrity of European Table Tennis is a top priority, so it is vital that there are robust measures in place to safeguard our competitions from match-fixing.
“Through this partnership, men’s, women’s, and youth events are all now being monitored through the UFDS. Sportradar has a proven track record in the sports integrity industry, and its expert bet monitoring capabilities will play a crucial role in helping to protect the integrity of European Table Tennis events”.
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Andreas Krannich, managing director at SIS, added: “We have witnessed ever-growing integrity threats over the years, particularly due to recent global events, as well as an increased betting interest in sports such as table tennis.
“At Sportradar, we are fully committed to assisting our sporting partners’ efforts to detect and prevent such threats and look forward to supporting the integrity program of the European Table Tennis Union in the years ahead.”
SIS recently agreed a similar partnership with the International Golf Federation.
In total, it has partnerships with over 150 sports federations and leagues.