Norway calls on Sportradar to support Macolin Convention's anti match Manipulation National Platform
With European countries beginning to assemble National Platforms in accordance with the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, today, Norway’s National Platform has put pen to paper on a partnership with Sportradar Integrity Services. Under the terms of the relationship, the global leader in matchfixing prevention, detection and intelligence will work closely with the team at the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority across a range of the country’s sports and competitions.
Under the terms of the Convention, signatories are required to identify or assemble a National Platform, which is to address manipulation of sports competitions and co-ordinate that country’s fight against match fixing. Norway, one of the first countries in Europe to assemble their National Platform, have put together a team which currently sits within the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority. Sportradar, who monitor odds movements at over 550 operators worldwide, will now work with this team to assist with the identification, development and investigation of match-fixing incidents as and when they occur.
Henrik Nordal, Senior Advisor on the Norwegian National Platform team, outlined the following: “Norway has been able to forge on with setting up its National Platform, having ratified the Macolin Convention at the end of 2014. We are now at the phase where we are putting all the pieces in place, all the systems and processes and relationships in place that will consolidate our country’s defences and protect the integrity of our sports. Sportradar’s expertise and tools around detection and intelligence are a crucial part of those defences and we look forward to working with their specialists over the coming years”.
Andreas Krannich, Managing Director Integrity Services at Sportradar added: “There is now a growing momentum at the highest levels of the European Union and countries in Europe to push match-fixing higher up the list of priorities. Nowhere is that more clear than in Norway, and we are truly honoured that the years we have spent working closely with sporting federations and law enforcement agencies have put us in a position where we can become the partner of choice for National Platforms as they begin finalizing their structures and set ups. This is an important time for how matchfixing is combatted and we remain committed to working with those that are leading the charge”.
About Sportradar (www.sportradar.com)
Sportradar is a global leader in understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for its clients around the world.
The company’s Integrity Services operation provides the Fraud Detection System (FDS) to several federations across 13 sports, including the AFC, UEFA, World Rugby, NHL and NBA. This unique system allows the Integrity Services team to monitor betting behaviour and patterns worldwide and to identify suspicious activities. Those findings prove invaluable for sports federations and law enforcement agencies that are looking to pinpoint match-fixers. The Integrity Services also include the Fraud Prevention Service (FPS) through which Sportradar offers education tools and services that have been delivered to leagues and clubs around the world. These have been show to increase awareness of illegal betting and match-fixing among those involved in sport.
More than 800 businesses in over 80 countries rely on Sportradar’s data depth and quality services in their daily business. Headquartered in Switzerland, Sportradar has offices in 30 other cities and employs over 1,650 highly experienced staff worldwide.
About the Macolin Convention (www.coe.int)
The Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, or Macolin Convention as it is also known, is an international agreement represents a major step forward in safeguarding the integrity of sport and sports ethics.
The Convention on the manipulation of sports competitions was adopted by 47 member states of the Council of Europe.
The purpose of this Convention is to prevent, detect, punish and discipline the manipulation of sports competitions, as well as enhance the exchange of information and national and international cooperation between the public authorities concerned, and with sports organisations and sports betting operators.
THE Norwegian Gaming Authority (www.lottstift.no)
The Gaming Authority supervise and control all private and state operated lotteries in Norway. They also supervise and control gambling and horse racing.
Gambling and horse racing are organized through the companies Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto (only Norwegian web-site), these having a national monopoly on gambling and horse racing respectively.
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