Player banned for 5 years and fined US$25,000 for violations under the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.

Spanish tennis player Guillermo Olaso has been banned from the sport for five years and fined US$25,000 after being found guilty of offenses under the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (UTACP).

Mr Olaso, 25, was found guilty of three charges under Articles D.1.c (one count) and D.2.a.i. (two counts) of the UTACP, namely:

  • Article D.1. c. - No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.

  • Article D.2.a.i- 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 final 18 months of the five year period of ineligibility will be suspended providing that the player has attended authorised anti-corruption education and rehabilitation programs, that the US$25,000 fine has been paid in full by that time and that he commits no further breaches of the UTACP.

The violations of the Program for which he has been disciplined occurred during 2010.

The case against him was based on the findings of a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation and considered by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Richard H. McLaren at a Hearing held in London on 4 December 2013.

The five year ban applies with immediate effect and means that Mr Olaso is not eligible to participate in any tournament or competition organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of professional tennis from the date of this statement.

Consistent with the confidentiality of the Anti-Corruption Hearing process, no details of the Hearing or Decision will be made public.

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Committee, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP World Tour and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.

Published 23 December 2013 11:58

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