Interwetten backs Austrian code on sports integrity

DACH bookmaker Interwetten Sports has become a member of Austrian Sports’  ‘Fair Play Code, an initiative developed by the government to ensure the integrity of national sports against manipulation.

Co-developed by Austria’s Sports Ministry, in partnership with the OFB Football Association and Austria’s Bundesliga, the Fair Play Code aims to educate all national sports stakeholders on preventing match-fixing and corruption.

The Austrian government requested that Interwetten join the code, as a vital wagering partner providing information and learnings on match-fixing and how to best monitor sports play and athlete performance.

The recently formed code covers three main areas of protection – training, education and raising awareness. Furthermore, members will seek to establish a ‘central ombudsman’ for athletes and staff who have been approached by criminal actors.

Backing the code, Interwetten highlights its 30-year pedigree working with diverse organisations and governing bodies minimising matching fixing risks.

Interwetten underlines its proven track record of cooperation in which the DACH bookmaker has helped establish the DSWV (German Sports Betting Association), the OVWG (Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling), the MRGC (Malta Remote Gaming Council) and the International Betting Integrity Association

Dominik Beier, CEO of Interwetten said “The tennis betting scandal was the last time one saw how quickly an entire industry is put under general suspicion. It is precisely those licensed betting providers, such as Interwetten, which have always worked transparently and are equipped with a large number of early warning systems suffer the effects of betting manipulations and want to prevent them with all their might.

“Manipulations happen on the black market. To prevent them, clubs, athletes and officials must be adequately trained, protected and made aware of the dangers. Interwetten is a pioneer here however, we want to do more, so partnering with the Play Fair Code is a very good next step. “

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