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MGA pens data deal with Badminton World Federation

| By Zak Thomas-Akoo
The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has announced it has signed a data-sharing agreement with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Integrity Unit.

The deal will see the two organisations work to improve the monitoring of suspicious gambling activity in badminton.

MGA head of financial crime compliance Antonio Zerafa said he was “very pleased” to see BWF added to the list of sports governing bodies whom the regulator is already engaged with on a day-to-day basis.

“I am very pleased to see the Badminton World Federation added to the long list of sports governing bodies whom the Authority already assists on a practical level, and we look forward to working with the BWF’s Integrity Unit on any issues that may arise,” he said.

Thomas Lund, BWF secretary-general said that this partnership will support BWF in its mission of identifying possible instances of match-fixing, and will improve its capabilities in its investigations and anti-match fixing operations.     

“This partnership helps the BWF Integrity Unit protect the integrity of the sport with MGA helping to facilitate the sharing of data between betting operators and the BWF Integrity Unit,” said Lund.

“We see this as being a deterrent to potential corruptors of the sport as we continue to preserve the integrity of badminton.”

Stats Perform

At the beginning of the month, BWF entered into a long-term integrity services agreement with Stats Perform.

Under the terms of the agreement, Stats Perform will provide BWF’s Integrity Unit with new suite of tools and capabilities to better detect suspicious betting and instances of match manipulation.  

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