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Sportradar strengthens global ice hockey links with CHL ties

Europe’s premier ice hockey competition, the Champions Hockey League (CHL), has signed a long term partnership with Sportradar for its expert integrity insights.

The sports data, insight and analysis provider is to work together with the CHL, which pits the leading sides from the top tier of leagues across the continent against each other each year, in order to best safeguard the competition from manipulation and betting fraud.

Martin Baumann, CHL Chief Executive Officer, added: “Our fans demand hard but fair competition and that cannot happen without integrity. As we set about finding the right partner to support us in this area, we were clear that we needed to work with most respected name in the field. The road led us to Sportradar and their Integrity Services.

“We are delighted to bring them into the CHL family and it gives us great comfort and confidence to know that they are on hand to help and advise.”

Sportradar details that it is to deliver a combination of monitoring and detection services, intelligence and investigation insights and a series of education and prevention workshops.

The organisation is already partnered with the International Ice Hockey Federation, in addition to the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga and the North American NHL.

Andreas Krannich, Managing Director of Integrity Services at Sportradar, said: “Creating the systems and tools to properly and credibly support any sport takes a lot of investment and expertise and we are humbled that the top rights owners in ice-hockey worldwide recognise and appreciate that.

“The CHL pitches the best in Europe against each other to crown the number one team on the continent, doing our bit to help protect this proud competition is a great honour and we thank CHL for their trust”.