Sports integrity

Venezuelan tennis player Maytín hit with 14-year ban

| By Nosa Omoigui
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has banned Venezuela's Roberto Maytín for 14 years, following multiple breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) rules.
ITIA hands out 14-year match fixing ban

The former 86th-ranked doubles player in the world admitted to multiple breaches of TACP rules between 2017-2018. This included section D.1.d of the 2017 and 2018 TACP, which states that no individual involved in the sport “shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any event.”

Another breach includes section D.2.a of the 2017 and 2018 TACP where Maytín failed to report an incident of match fixing to the ITIA.

Section D.1.f was also breached as Maytín accepted money “with the intention of negatively influencing a Pplayer’s best efforts in any event.”

The 32-year old has been fined $100,000 ($75,000 of which is suspended), and is barred from playing in, coaching at, or generally attending any tennis events sanctioned by the sport’s governing bodies.

The ITIA was formed in 2021, having been known as the Tennis Integrity Unit last year.

The organisation handed similar sanctions for match fixing to Algeria’s Aymen Ikhlef last year, as well as Enrique López Pérez, and Bulgarian brothers Karen and Yuri Khachatryan.

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