The International Handball Federation, that sport’s worldwide governing body, has entered into a multi-year agreement with Sportradar Integrity Services, a dedicated subsidiary of the international sports data intelligence and digital content service provider.
The deal will involve SIS providing bet monitoring via its Universal Fraud Detection System for IHF events, including men’s and women’s World, Junior and Youth Championships, in addition to the IHF Super Globe.
The UFDS, Sportradar has said, “is an advanced and proven bet monitoring system that has been independently assessed and verified by recognised experts.”
The system analyses betting patterns for abnormalities through a field of experts, reporting any suspicious matches to partners.
Hassan Moustafa, the IHF’s president, said: “The IHF makes it a top priority to have robust measures in place to help safeguard the integrity of our major events … Sportradar have a proven track record in the field of sports integrity, and the depth of their bet monitoring capabilities will help to support our overall integrity programme.”
Andreas Krannich, managing director of Sportradar Integrity Services, added: “We are delighted to partner with IHF to help support their integrity programme with our UFDS bet monitoring solution … We are fully committed to assisting our partners’ integrity efforts and look forward to working together with the IHF to support the journey of global handball in the coming years.”
Last week, SIS partnered with the Basketball Australia governing body to provide integrity monitoring of domestic basketball competitions over the next two years.
The company also performs a similar role for the European Handball Federation, the sport's continental governing body, in a deal struck in January which lasts until 2030.
Over 10,000 national team, club and international youth EHF competitions will be monitored by Sportradar's fraud detection system over the next decade to detect and assess any abnormal betting activity.
In addition, teams, players, match officials and delegates and other key EHF stakeholders will be provided with education and prevention workshops.
Sportradar has been providing integrity services to the EHF since early 2018, and last July won a contract, also to 2030, to be the official data partner of the EHF and EHF Marketing, its in-house commercial arm.