SEHA – Gazprom League and Sportradar educating and preventing
On Friday and Saturday officials from all four SEHA – Gazprom Final 4 teams and over 30 SEHA – Gazprom League match officials, delegates and referees attended workshops at the Hotel Sveti Martin na Muri in Croatia, run by Sportradar.
As part of their ongoing commitment in moving forward the sport of handball and to continue raising the quality of the SEHA – Gazprom League, SEHA invited Sportradar to deliver two workshops during the Final 4 weekend, one for club officials and one for match officials, delegates and referees so they could gain an insight into the betting industry from the perspective of handball.
Siniša Ostoić, SEHA – Gazprom League, Director said:
“It’s important that we have a clean league and with all the data about handball which Sportradar are collecting such a company could help us in the future.
“The SEHA – Gazprom League like to work with good companies, especially those who can increase the level of our league. As a league we have to think about betting and be proactive, that is why the clubs, officials, referees and delegates took part in these workshops.
“It’s necessary to explain what is good and what is bad and to always be prepared – as the Director of the league I have this responsibility.
“Over the next few months we will meet again and find some common ground and hopefully in the future the SEHA – Gazprom League and Sportradar can have a good future together.”
Danny Sears, Head of Education – Integrity Services, Sportradar said:
“Now is the right time to address this – corruption in sport is a growing problem globally and we already know that matchfixing has been reported in handball.
Some sport federations believe that they are immune or unattractive to matchfixers and don’t take the threat seriously until it is too late: that is what the fixers actually count on. By the time manipulation is occurring, it becomes a more difficult battle. That is why, as I say in the workshops, prevention is better than cure.
“The SEHA – Gazprom League is in a great position now where they’re laying the foundation to educate their officials about sports integrity. They’ve been proactive, on the front foot and they want to do something before there is a problem.
“The feedback I had from the workshops was very positive – all the SEHA – Gazprom League representatives were very engaged.
“I have to add, it was fantastic to be invited to the SEHA – Gazprom Final 4 as I have never watched handball live before. It was a great atmosphere and a well put together production. The sportsmanship between the teams was exemplary and nice to see.”
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