The leading sports data specialist Sportradar will be teaming up with Italy’s premier volleyball league to provide integrity education workshops.
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n a first for the sport of volleyball, Sportradar Integrity Services has been appointed by Italy’s top volleyball league to provide bespoke workshops to all players and staff.
In a bid to combat matchfixing, Italy’s Lega Pallavolo Serie A contracted Sportradar to work with Italian volleyball’s 14 SuperLega clubs.
Sportradar will bring their expertise in matchfixing prevention, detection and intelligence to the partnership and provide volleyball-specific training to the league’s teams.
President of the Lega Pallavolo Serie A Paola De Micheli 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 where the risks of match-fixing was underestimated. We will ensure there is no doubt about how critical an issue sport’s integrity is.”
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 and every club in the SuperLega and I cannot wait to meet with the inspirational athletes and arm them with the information they need to keep SuperLega the most respected league in the world.”