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As part of IIHF Integrity workshops, the Austrian based integrity platform Play Fair Code was on board training players and representatives of the participating teams of the IIHF World Championship Division I Group A.

IIHF integrity education seminars at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Budapest

The competition is currently taking place in Budapest. General information about competition manipulation and match-fixing, the related consequences and specific cases including exemplary video footage from the world of ice hockey as well as from other sports globally are presented and analysed with the players while explaining the huge impact of betting related and non-betting related activities on the modern world of sport.

The workshops also aim to give an understanding of concrete means of self-protection and measures to safeguard individual careers including a practical insight into the relevant sections of the IIHF Statutes and the IIHF Code of Conduct. 

The IIHF World Championship Division I Group A is the second highest tournament in international ice hockey. Out of the total of the six participating nations (Kazakhstan, Italy, Great Britain, Slovenia, Poland and Hungary), the top two teams will qualify for the next IIHF World Championship featuring the 16 most prestigious hockey nations in the world in 2019.

Play Fair Code President Günter Kaltenbrunner confirmed the positive impression from the training sessions and said: “The issue of match-fixing has become important for the IIHF not least because of a match-fixing attempt by two players at the last year's IIHF World Championship Division I Group A tournament. In particular, this incident was discussed in detail with the players and reflected on the existing IIHF disciplinary regulations and possible sanctions. We would like to thank the IIHF for their professional approach towards integrity and are glad to share our education expertise with the players at this major IIHF event.”

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