The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has signed a long-term integrity partnership with sports data company Genius Sports.
The agreement is part of the global governing body’s efforts to protect its competitions against the threat of match-fixing, and will see Genius Sports provide the organisation with its bet-monitoring system to help identify and flag irregular betting activity in real time.
As well as providing its technology, Genius Sports’ team of expert integrity analysts will monitor all major badminton events, including the Total BWF World Championships, the Total Sudirman Cup, the Total Thomas & Uber Cup Finals, the HSBC BWF World Tour and the BWF Tour Super 100.
The BWF is the latest sports organisation to tap into Genius Sports’ integrity expertise, joining the likes of Major League Baseball (MLB), golf’s PGA Tour and English soccer’s Premier League.
Poul-Erik Høyer, president of the BWF, said: “The integrity of our sport is of utmost importance to BWF and we are pleased to join forces with Genius Sports to strengthen our campaign to keep badminton clean.
“Genius Sports has gained a sterling reputation in providing world class bet-monitoring services and we welcome their expertise. This partnership will help to protect our tournaments from match-fixing and betting-related corruption.”
Ben Paterson, Genius Sports’ integrity operations director, added: “Effectively combatting match-fixing demands that sports are proactive. The BWF has shown an exemplary commitment to prioritising the integrity of its competitions and we are delighted to have formed this long-term partnership, using our market-leading technology to provide round-the-clock protection.”