Sports integrity

Sportradar to provide Integrity Services to Dutch sport

| By Conor Mulheir
Dutch sports organisation the Netherlands Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation (NOC*NSF), has agreed a new deal to use Sportradar’s Integrity Services for the monitoring of competitions across several sports in the Netherlands throughout 2021.

Sportradar will be responsible for providing bet monitoring to the organisation and reporting on football, basketball and darts events played in the country, which the supplier said could involve over 1,500 matches this year.

Alongside its bet monitoring services, Sportradar will provide the NOC*NSF with information about the established global betting markets on domestic Dutch sport.

Risk analysis will also be provided throughout the partnership, in order to inform the organisation’s strategic decisions to protect sport from integrity risks.

Sportradar said the agreement is the first of its kind to work under the so-called Macolin Convention, or the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, a multilateral treaty effective from September 2019, which aims to prevent, detect and punish match-fixing in sport.

“In order to work in line with the Macolin Convention, this pilot agreement with Sportradar Integrity Services is an essential project in understanding the betting exposure that is afforded to Dutch sport,” said Gerard Dielessen, chief executive of the NOC*NSF.

“Through ongoing bet monitoring of our domestic sports competitions, and analysis of the latest betting trends surrounding them we will have insights that will help inform what the most effective and efficient long-term strategy is to protect against integrity risks.”

Managing director of Sportradar Integrity Services, Andreas Krannich, added: “By signing this agreement, the NOC*NSF have shown their crucial proactivity in protecting sports competitions in the Netherlands from integrity risks such as match manipulation.”

“This is the first project of its type within the structure of the Council of Europe’s Macolin Convention, and it should be viewed by other nations as a blueprint of what bet monitoring looks like at a national, multi-sport level.”

In February, Sportradar revealed plans for a new Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS), to be offered free of charge to all sports federations and leagues later this year.

The supplier said the system, which was developed by Sportradar Integrity Services and has been backed by the International Olympic Committee, was created in consultation with its existing fraud detection partners, and will help strengthen the integrity of global sport.

BTG