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Sportradar launches anti-doping Remote Testing System
The system will enable said organisations to collect testing samples remotely, helping athletes and sporting bodies alike to circumvent logistical issues caused by the pandemic.
The Remote Testing System includes exhaled breath analysis and dried blood spot analysis. Sportradar said that it would provide the industry with a cost effective solution.
Dominic Mueser, head of anti-doping services at Sportradar, said: “The Remote Testing System, Sportradar’s latest step into anti-doping, doesn’t replace traditional testing methods, rather it enhances existing methods and modernizes the process in a manner that addresses the realities of a new, post-pandemic world. Now, more than ever, technologically-driven, agile and flexible solutions need to be embraced for anti-doping organizations to effectively carry out their missions.
“It also ensures athletes around the world can be tested without the requirement of physical contact or additional protocols, which can be cumbersome, at best, or highly challenging, at worst, at the present time.”
Sportradar’s involvement with sporting integrity issues continued as its Integrity Services division announced a two-year agreement with Badminton Europe to monitor European badminton competitions.
The deal will see Sportradar Integrity Services provide provide bet monitoring and reporting via its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS) for badminton matches in the BEC Championships, BEC International Challenge, BEC International Series, and BEC Future Series.
Sportradar Integrity Services has detected more than 6,000 suspicious matches during the past 15 years – 600 of which occurred in 2020.
Badminton Europe general secretary Brian Agerbak said: “This agreement demonstrates Badminton Europe’s commitment to tackling the threat of match-fixing.
“By bringing the expertise of Sportradar Integrity Services on board to monitor our competitions through their UFDS platform, we now have valuable insight into the betting markets offered and activity occurring on our tournaments at a global level, and our tournaments are boosted by having these protections.”
Sportradar signed a similar deal with the International Table Tennis Federation, which it recently extended until 2023.
Sportradar Integrity Services managing director Andreas Krannich added: “We are thrilled to sign this agreement with Badminton Europe to help support the integrity of European Badminton competitions.
“At Sportradar we have witnessed growing evidence of global match-fixing in recent years across a range of sports, and it is vital, now more than ever, that strong integrity measures are put in position. Sportradar Integrity Services have a proven track record in this field, and the UFDS services provided through this agreement will offer significant assistance to Badminton Europe as they look to identify and mitigate all forms of betting related integrity risk.”