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International Tennis Integrity Agency suspends Leny Mitjana for 10 years

Updated:2024-03-31 09:08    Views:196

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has suspended Leny Mitjana for ten years and fined him $20,000.

This is due to Mitjana breaching the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) in 11 separate incidents.

The ITIA was collaborating with the Belgian Authorities as the two worked on cracking a match-fixing syndicate in Belgium.

Once the trial was concluded, the decision was announced for the leader of the syndicate, Grigor Sargsyan, who received a five-year custodial sentence.

As for Mitjana, he will be prohibited from playing in, coaching at, or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the members of the ITIA (ATP, ITF, WTA, Tennis Australia, French Tennis Federation,Play Casino Online Wimbledon and USTA) or any other national association.

This will start from the date of the decision, which was 22 December 2023.

This is due to the fact that he breached sections D.1.b, D.1.d, D.1.e and D.2.a.i of the TACP.

These relate predominantly to match-fixing-related activities, such as influencing players not to use their best efforts in particular matches, facilitating sports betting, controlling the outcome of matches and not reporting corrupt enterprises.

It’s believed that Mitjana committed these offences between 2017 and 2018, although the exact details of which matches have not yet been released.

The court hearing for Mitjana was held on 8 November 2023 with Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer, Phillipe Cavalieros.

Similarly, Slovenian tennis official Marko Ducman was also suspended for 10 years due to multiple breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).