Sportradar to Collaborate with the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe – Sport Convention Division and Sportradar Integrity Services – the world’s leading provider of sports integrity solutions – have entered an agreement to collaborate on a wide-ranging sports risk assessment pilot project.

Sportradar Integrity Services will draw upon its global oversight of the national and international betting markets to deliver data-driven insights which will support one of the Council of Europe’s major undertakings under the Macolin Convention treaty. This pilot project has been initiated as part of the Network of the National Platforms (the Group of Copenhagen set up by the Council of Europe in 2016). Co-ordinated by the Australian National Platform, the pilot project aims at assessing the risk factors which threaten the fair play and integrity of global sport, and an up-to-date understanding of the global betting market landscape is an essential element to help inform this process. After experimentation in four pilot countries (Belgium, Georgia, Norway and Portugal), the objective is to provide an effective methodology which might be implemented by all the National Platforms members of the Group of Copenhagen (32 countries). The results of the pilot project will be presented at the 9th meeting of the Group of Copenhagen to be held in Strasbourg (France) on 25-26 November 2019.

The Secretariat of the Council of Europe welcome Sportradar Integrity Services as contributors to this process. “As a first step, we wish to evaluate the present situation with regard to national sports betting markets, and the current landscape in terms of betting liquidity and the number of bookmakers currently active in these markets. The data, analysis and insights which Sportradar will provide us with will be vital in informing the next steps of this process, and we welcome their cooperation in the early but crucial research stages of this important undertaking”.

Sportradar Integrity Services Managing Director Andreas Krannich added: “Sportradar have been firm supporters of the Council of Europe’s Macolin Convention since its proposed inception, and we are honoured to be a supporting partner in one of its major projects. We have throughout the years supported various state authorities, government institutions, national platforms and sport federations in their anti match-fixing efforts, by providing data-driven analysis of the risk factors within their regions to help inform future policy. We look forward to expanding on this work under the umbrella of the Macolin Convention, and are ready to assist whenever called upon”.

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