Sportadar’s global supplier of sport integrity solutions unit Sportradar Integrity Services announced Tuesday it has entered a multi-year integrity partnership with the International Golf Federation (IGF).
Under the terms of the initial two-year agreement, Sportradar Integrity Services will provide bet monitoring through its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS), which it describes as “an advanced and proven bet monitoring solution,” for several IGF competitions.
This will initially include the 2022 and 2023 editions of both the Espirito Santo Trophy, as well as the Eisenhower Trophy, with the Espirito Santo Trophy commencing in France this week.
“The UFDS has been independently assessed and verified by recognized experts in the field of sports betting and integrity,” Sportradar explains. “Betting patterns are analyzed for abnormalities by a global team of qualified integrity experts, and any suspicious matches are subsequently reported to partners, allowing critical visibility into worldwide match-fixing.”
Sportradar Integrity Services Managing Director Andreas Krannich commented: “In recent years we have witnessed an increase in match-fixing issues, with a greater range of sports targeted as part of this. As such, Sportradar Integrity Services are delighted to partner with the International Golf Federation.”
Andreas Krannich “Golf has a large viewership around the world and we look forward to assisting in the protection of International Golf Federation competitions from all integrity-related risks over the coming years,” Krannich noted.
Sportradar Integrity Services have detected more than 7,300 suspicious matches during the past 17 years, with over 600 of these taking place in 2022 alone, according to a press statement.
IGF Executive Director Antony Scanlon said: “The International Golf Federation is fully committed to the fight against the integrity threats facing our sport, and by partnering with Sportradar Integrity Services, we are putting ourselves in the best position to keep our competitions free of such concerns.”
“The UFDS bet monitoring solution will provide vital oversight of the global betting market, with their integrity specialists available to alert us to any irregularities that may arise,” Scanlon added.