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Colombia tennis players handed three-year ban over corruption charges

| By Robert Fletcher
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has banned Colombian tennis player Carlos Andrés Sepúlveda Navarro for three years after he admitted to multiple breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) rules.
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The ban means Sepúlveda Navarro, who had a highest ATP singles ranking of 1,579, will not be able to play in, coach at or attend any tennis event sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis until 8 June 2024.

The offences took place between 2015 and 2020 and included a breach of Section D.1.a. of the TACP, which states that a player cannot bet or conspire to wager on the outcome or any aspect of a tennis event.

Sepúlveda Navarro was also found to have breached Section D.1.d., whereby players must not contrive or attempt to engineer the outcome or any other aspect of an event.

The ITIA also charged Sepúlveda Navarro in relation to Section D.1.f., which related to any covered individual accepting money or other benefits to negatively influence a player’s performance, as well as Section D.2.a(i), whereby a player should report any such approach.

In addition, Sepúlveda Navarro was ruled to have breached Section D.2.c., which states that any failure to comply with reporting obligations in Section D or the duty to cooperate under Section F.2.shall constitute a corruption offence.

Sepúlveda Navarro will now serve the ban and was also ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 (£7,177/€8,373), $8,000 of which was suspended.

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