The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has signed a multi-year partnership with sports data and integrity company Sportradar.
The deal is geared towards safeguarding table tennis against match-fixing, and will see hundreds of matches each year covered by Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System (FDS), which is used to identify betting-related manipulation in sport.
The agreement will cover all major ITTF events, including the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships, the men’s and women’s World Cup and the ITTF World Tour.
Additionally, the ITTF will be able to use Sportradar’s bespoke Fraud Intelligence Unit (FIU), a team of experts that will use a variety of tools and processes to detect individuals who are looking to enable, organise and finance any integrity attacks on table tennis.
Thomas Weikert, president of the ITTF, said: “We are very pleased to be signing a partnership with Sportradar, as the world’s leading supplier of solutions to help prevent the threat of match-fixing and other integrity concerns around table tennis.
“Protecting the sport from such activity is crucial in maintaining table tennis’ position as an exhilarating spectacle and professional sport. We are looking forward to working with Sportradar to keep our sport clean, which is one of the aspects that we pride ourselves on.”
Andreas Krannich, Sportradar’s managing director of integrity services, added: “Table tennis is a truly global sport, enjoyed in every corner of the globe and fan favourite at every Olympic Games.
“The ITTF have today sent a clear message to their stakeholders and fans: comprehensive and credible protection is now in place to keep the game you love honest. There will be no compromise in this regard. We are humbled by their trust and commitment.”