Sports data company Sportradar has continued its rapid expansion of recent months with a new deal that will see it gain a presence in the Portuguese market.
The firm has sealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Portuguese Association of Online Betting and Gaming (APAJO) which will be its first in the Portugal market. The deal will mean that the Integrity Services department of Sportradar will play a leading role in helping to bolster the fight against corruption in Portuguese sport. This will be facilitated through the exchange of data and by providing new information with relation to the issue of sports integrity.
In addition, both Sportradar and the APAJO will be working together to find new ways to partner in their efforts to tackle sports corruption. This could include a number of projects focusing on education around sports integrity. These will be drawn up as part of the legal gambling framework, the Regime Jurídico dos Jogos e Apostas Online (RJO) instituted by the Portugal government.
Speaking about the partnership, the President of APAJO, Gabino Oliveira, said that it would give all members of the organisation a new channel for communication of ideas and information. He also said that he hoped to deepen the link with Sportradar over the coming months:
“We also look forward to exploring further cooperation opportunities in sports integrity education. Portugal was one of the first countries to ratify the Macolin Convention and hence, we are happy to work here in line with our government’s engagement.”
The Macolin Convention, also known as the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, was opened in 2014 and is a key international agreement in the sports integrity sphere.
Commenting on the arrangement with APAJO, the Managing Director of Sportradar Integrity, Andreas Krannich, said that it showed their commitment to the convention and he expressed confidence that it will make Portuguese sport safer.