Due to other sporting and non-sporting events in the course of the year, it almost no longer seems true that the uncovered betting fraud scheme involving players of the Super League basketball club UBSC Graz was less than a year ago. In late January, five athletes were temporary arrested awaiting charges of serious commercial fraud.
The Play Fair Code reacted immediately. Although all basketball clubs of the top league have been visited in 2018, a second round was organized this year in close cooperation with the league. The kick-off workshop in Graz was held just before the lockdown in March, and all other clubs followed in September and October. Another training module in the 2nd division followed at the end of 2020.
“Regardless of what investigations in the Graz case will reveal, it was extremely important to react immediately and certainly before the start of the new season. Of course, we fundamentally believe in the good in sport. But we're not naive either. As I said earlier, prevention is key, but not a magic wand."
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Prevention is key to combat match-fixing, but it is not a magic wand. "As much as there is awareness rasing and warnings, there is no guarantee at all that things can and are still happeningl," says Günter Kaltenbrunner. "That is why we have to keep on working and spreading our messages and our knowledge."