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Sportradar expands partnership with Biathlon Integrity Unit

| By Richard Mulligan
Sportradar Integrity Services has expanded its partnership with the Biathlon Integrity Unit (BIU) to include bet monitoring.

Under the terms of the new, multi-year agreement, Sportradar will monitor all IBU competitions, including the International Biathlon Union’s (IBU) flagship IBU World Championships and IBU World Cup competitions, using its Universal Fraud Detection System bet monitoring system.

Since 2020, Sportradar has provided the BIU, an operationally independent unit, which oversees integrity matters on behalf of the IBU, with its Intelligence & Investigation Services which offers due diligence and investigation services.

Greg McKenna, head of the BIU, said: “We are fully aware of the match-fixing risks that are prevalent throughout all sport, and we acknowledge the integral role bet monitoring plays in countering integrity risks. As such, this partnership, featuring the use of the UFDS, will enable us to implement one of the strongest integrity provisions, and puts us in the great position over the coming years to ensure fair competition across all our events.”

Sportradar is a partner to over 180 sports organisations and state authorities, and last month signed a deal with the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS), the governing body of international skiing and snowboarding.

“Interest in biathlon competitions is increasing across global betting markets,” said Sportradar Integrity Services’ managing director Andreas Krannich. “It is imperative that appropriate steps are taken to mitigate any integrity-related issues that may arise across IBU’s competitions.

“Partnering with the BIU demonstrates both our and BIU’s commitment to uphold the integrity of the sport, and we look forward to enhancing this relationship over the coming years.”

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