Sportradar Integrity Services will deliver a series of integrity education workshops at each of Italian volleyball’s 14 SuperLega clubs during the 2016/17 season.
In a first for the sport of volleyball, Italy’s Lega Pallavolo Serie A have asked Sportradar, a global leader in match-fixing prevention, detection and intelligence, to travel to each of the 14 SuperLega clubs and provide a bespoke, volleyball-specific educational workshop to all the players and staff at those clubs.
Marcello Presilla, who heads up Sportradar’s Integrity initiatives in Italy, added: “I am proud to work in my home country of Italy as the stakeholders in this nation refuse to take the issue of integrity lightly.
“In yet another first, it is Italy’s volleyball league which has taken the lead in rolling out a series of workshops in each club in the SuperLega. I cannot wait to meet with the inspirational athletes and arm them with the information they need to keep SuperLega as the most respected league in the world.”
Paola De Micheli, President of the Lega Pallavolo Serie A, said: “The first consideration that we made when we evaluated the integrity program with our partners Sportradar, was on the health of our sport. Our second thought, of course, was focused on the sport’s protection. And there is only one way to protect it: education, culture and providing clear information to our members.
“We will travel to each club and outline what happened in other sports when the risk of match-fixing was underestimated. We will ensure there is no doubt about how critical an issue a sport’s integrity is.”
In October, Sportradar announced a two-year partnership with Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga to provide its Fraud Detection System to the league. Sportradar will monitor approximately 373 matches each year, which includes both regular season matches and the end of season play-offs.