Match-fixing scandal: Three players sanctioned and fined with one banned for life

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Wednesday, 01 November 2023 at 22:30
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Tennis players Timur Khabibulin , Sanjar Fayziev, and Igor Smilansky have been sanctioned by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) for match-fixing.
The integrity organization has issued sanctions in a recent match-fixing scandal that has rocked the tennis world, involving activities related to match fixing. It underwent a thorough investigation by the independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO), Janie Soublière, who confirmed the charges brought by the ITIA against the three players.
The suspension was imposed under section G.4.a of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) 2022:
"In the event that the Covered Person is found liable of one or more of the charges against them, and a sanction is not determined at the same time as the decision on liability, the AHO, either of the AHO’s own volition or on an application by the ITIA, must impose a Provisional Suspension pending the final decision on sanction."
Timur Khabibulin has been banned from the sport for life and fined $60,000. Khabibulin faced a total of 21 individual charges related to match-fixing spanning from 2014 to 2019.
Sanjar Fayziev, a native of Uzbekistan with experience in the ATP doubles rankings, has received a three-year and six-month suspension, along with a $15,000 fine (with an additional six months of suspension). Fayziev faced five charges related to match-fixing involving two matches in 2018.
On the other hand, Igor Smilansky, an Israeli tennis player with a history in the ATP singles rankings, has been suspended for two years and fined $4,000 (with $1,000 suspended). Smilansky faced three charges related to match-fixing, all related to a match in 2018.
The sanctions will begin from the date of the players' provisional suspensions, which is July 25, 2023. During this period, Fayziev and Smilansky are prohibited from playing, training, or attending tennis events authorized or sanctioned by ITIA members. Khabibulin, on the other hand, faces a lifetime ban.

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