Tennis Anti-Corruption Program: Nigerian Henry Atseye Suspended
Nigerian tennis player Henry Atseye has been suspended for the years from professional tennis and fined $2,500 by Tennis Integrity Unit.
Henry Atseye will also have to pay a $2,500 fine after admitting to match fixing and non-reporting offences. Though, ban is relived from 3 to 2 years while fine 2,500 from 5000 dollars, with condition of no further breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.
30 year old Mr. Atseye is currently ranked 1884 in ITF World Tennis singles. Atseye admitted engineering the outcome of a game he played at the ITF Futures F3 tournament held in Abuja, Nageria in May 2017 while also failing to report a corrupt approach by a third party, to the Tennis Integrity Unit.
The case was examined by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof. Richard McLaren, who found Atseye guilty, but relieved his punishment due to player’s admission of wrongdoing and co-operation with the Authorities.
The suspension of Henry Atseye will be considered active from May 10, 2019, when he was temporarily suspended. He will be unable to compete in any event or even attend any sanctioned event organised or recognised by the governing bodies of Tennis.
If Nigerian tennis player doesn’t violate any further breaches of Tennis Anti-Corruption Program, he will be eligible to resume his professional career on 9th May 2021.
The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) is an initiative of the International Tennis Federation, Grand Slam Board, the ATP and the WTA, who claimed to be joint forces insuring zero corruption in the sport.
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