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Sportradar pens integrity deal with World Aquatics

| By Robert Fletcher
The Sportradar Integrity Services division of Sportradar has entered into a partnership with World Aquatics, the global governing body for water sports.

Under the two-year deal, Sportradar will monitor more than 450 events. This will include both the men’s and women’s water polo tournaments at the World Aquatics Championships, Under-20 Championships and Water Polo World Cups.

Sportradar will use its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS) AI-driven bet monitoring system to monitor each of the matches. The system has helped identify more than 8,000 suspicious matches across other sports during the last 18 years.  

“We are firmly dedicated to protecting our competitions from integrity threats, particularly as we move closer to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games,” World Aquatics executive director Brent Nowicki said.

“The depth of knowledge that Sportradar Integrity Services provides through its UFDS platform and expert team puts us in a great position to mitigate any betting-related issues that may arise across our competitions.”

Sportradar Integrity Services managing director Andreas Krannich added: “In recent years we have seen match fixers infiltrate an ever-increasing range of global sports at various levels of competition, including youth events. 

“Aquatic sports are not immune to such integrity threats and we are committed to providing the strongest integrity provisions using our technology to protect World Aquatics’ water polo competitions over the next two years.”  

Sportradar Integrity Services counts the International Tennis Federation, World Rugby, Uefa, the International Motorsport Federation and the European Handball Federation among its roster of other clients.

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