The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has signed a three-year deal with integrity specialist Sportradar to help prevent betting fraud at its flagship tournaments.
Sportradar, which already works with the likes of the Asian Football Confederation, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football and UEFA, will monitor the Ice Hockey World Championship, the World Junior Championship and the Ice Hockey Under-18 World Championship each year from 2015 to 2017.
The firm's Fraud Detection System will ensure that any suspicious odds movements or patterns are flagged, analysed and forwarded to the IIHF.
Sportradar will also provide 12 educational workshops for athletes, officials, administrators and coaches, while experts will travel to the host cities to provide participants with an understanding of the global markets on ice hockey and the dangers posed by fixers.
"Very few sports excite and engage fans like ice hockey does," said René Fasel, President of the IIHF and a member of the International Olympic Committee's ruling Executive Board.
"And we want to keep it that way.
"The integrity of our World Championships and our sport are central to that.
"What this partnership does is send a powerful message.
"It sends a powerful message to our fans that we will not compromise when it comes to protecting the honesty of the game we all love.
"By including the under-20 and under-18 competitions, we send a message that we are doing all we can to safeguard our sport for today and tomorrow.
"By partnering with a professional organisation like Sportradar, we send a message to the fixers that we are watching them.
"Zero compromise; zero tolerance."
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