33-year-old Greek professional tennis player Alexandros Jakupovic has been banned from the sport for life for committing offenses under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program, the Tennis Integrity Unit announced on Friday.
The ban follows the announcement on Nov. 12 of this year that Jakupovic had been found guilty of five corruption charges.
The five charges were:
1. “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.”
2. “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any Player to not use his or her best efforts in any Event.”
3. “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, offer or provide any money, benefit or Consideration to any other Covered Person with the intention of negatively influencing a Player’s best efforts in any Event.”
4 & 5. “In the event any Player is approached by any person who offers or provides any type of money, benefit or Consideration to a Player to (i) influence the outcome or any other aspect of any Event, or (ii) provide Inside Information, it shall be the Player’s obligation to report such incident to the TIU as soon as possible.”
The Tennis Integrity Unit added, “Consistent with the confidentiality of the Anti-Corruption Hearing process, no further details of the Hearing or Decision will be made public.”
Uh, no further details needed, we go it. Dude was fixing matches, likely for online betting.
On Friday the Tennis Integrity Unit also announced that Serb player David Savic, who has received a lifetime ban for corruption offenses, will be allowed to coach as of March 2016.
So, he can coach cheating?
The Tennis Integrity Unit is a combined initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the ATP World Tour and the WTA, which are “jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.”
The tennis industry raised its collective eyebrows earlier this year when the ITF announced that the online betting company Betway was the new sponsor for Davis Cup and Fed Cup through 2018.
The ITF assured that “all elements of the new sponsorship are fully compliant with the rules and interpretations of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.”
Isn’t that like Major League Baseball announcing that the new World Series sponsor is Biogenesis?
If you don’t want player fixing matches, stay out of bed with the gamblers.
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