Sportradar Integrity Services will enter the global handball arena after signing an agreement with the sport’s highest body for its fraud detection solution.
The company has signed a multi-year agreement with the International Handball Federation (IHF) to oversee world handball events. Sportradar will bring its expertise in betting monitoring to the game, providing its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS) for the Men’s and Women’s, Youth and Junior World Championships, as well as the IHF Super Globe.
IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa said: “We recognize the modern threats to integrity facing global sport, and handball is no exception.
“The IHF makes it a top priority to have strong measures in place to help protect the integrity of our major events, not only at senior men’s and women’s level, but also at junior and junior level.
“Sportradar has a proven track record in sports integrity, and the depth of its betting monitoring capabilities will help support our global integrity program for years to come.”
According to the company, its UFDS sees betting patterns analyzed by a team of integrity experts who flag any suspicious activity which is then reported to Sportradar’s partners. In its 16 years of operation, Integrity Services has detected more than 6,500 suspicious matches, including more than 750 in 2021 alone.
This solution has proven popular with other sports organisations, with Sportradar recently agreeing to monitor the matches of two major European basketball associations, as well as the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3×3 world events.
On his latest partnership with the IHF, Integrity Services MD Andreas Krannich added, “We are delighted to partner with the IHF to help support their integrity program with our UFDS betting monitoring solution.
“We have witnessed an increase in integrity issues in handball over the past five years, and so we give credit to the vigilance the IHF has shown in adding to the integrity provisions surrounding their events. .”