Lifetime ban and $100,000 fine for Dmytro Badanov match-fixing offences
Ukrainian tennis player Dmytro Badanov has been banned for life and fined $100,000 after being found guilty of tennis match-fixing offences by an independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO).
Mr Badanov, 30, was found to have breached the terms of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (Program) by contriving the outcome of a match at the ITF Futures F23 tournament in El Kantaoui, Tunisia in September 2015 and a match at the ITF Futures F26 event played in Cairo, Egypt in September 2016.
He was also convicted of a charge of facilitating betting, linked to the match fixing offences in Tunisia and Egypt.
The case was brought following an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit. It was adjudicated by independent AHO Prof Richard H. McLaren, who announced his decision today (29 May 2018).
The lifetime ban applies with immediate effect and means that Mr Badanov is prohibited from competing in, or attending, any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport.
The Section D breaches of the Program committed by the player are:
D.1.d. No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.
D.1.b.No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any other person to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition. For the avoidance of doubt, to solicit or facilitate to wager shall include, but not be limited to: display of live tennis betting odds on a Covered Person website; writing articles for a tennis betting publication or website; conducting personal appearances for a tennis betting company or any other company or entity directly affiliated with a tennis betting company; and appearing in commercials encouraging others to bet on tennis.
Mr Badanov achieved a career-high ranking of 463 in singles in March 2015. He is currently unranked.
The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.
Published 29 May 2018 16:00