1st October 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 1 October 2021

• At least ten international professional tennis players from France, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands regularly work with a match-fixer in order to earn extra income, a young Dutch player has told a NPO Radio podcast, Gefixt. The Dutch tennis association (KNLTB) highlighted that all players are bound by the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) of the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), Article D.2 of which requires them to report any match-fixing approach to the ITIA. ‘The revelations of the podcast show that the threat of match fixing is real and acute’, read a KNLTB statement. ‘With the approaching opening of the games of chance market, it is to be expected that the pressure on our players and other stakeholders in sport will only increase further. We are particularly interested in the vulnerability of a group of young tennis professionals, because financial risks are high among this group. We also signal that the willingness to report is too low. That is why the KNLTB is making every effort to achieve improvements on both points.’

• The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics will conduct an investigation into the actions of Belarus athletic federation (БФЛА) Coaches A. Shimak and Y. Maisevich at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and World Athletics tasked the AIU with investigating the two Coaches, whom are understood to be behind attempts to forcibly fly 200m runner Krystsina Tsimanouskaya (Крысціна Ціманоўская) back to Belarus, after she was critical of a БФЛА decision to include her and a colleague on the 4x400m team without discussing it with her. БФЛА was forced to pull two athletes from the 4x400m team after the AIU said they hadn’t undergone enough anti-doping tests.

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