U.K. CMS Questions Tennis Officials On Gambling Corruption

Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - Online-Casinos.com
U.K. CMS Questions Tennis Officials On Gambling Corruption

Members of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee attached to the parliament of the United Kingdom are being given the chance to question the top officials about the sport’s response to match-fixing and gambling corruption. Match fixing has become a major concern for officials of sport and regulatory bodies all over the world and media sources have brought to light many questions that need answers. Specifically in the U.K. the integrity of the sport of tennis has become a priority.

The U.K.’s Parliamentary committee is investigating these unanswered questions after allegations were made by the BBC and Buzzfeed news agencies concerning match-fixing and that not enough effort was being made to deal with the issue by the sport’s governing authorities. Officials such as the Director of Integrity at the Tennis Integrity Unit , Nigel Willerton, Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Executive Chairman and President, Chris Kermode and the Vice-chairman and Chief legal and media officer of the ATP, Mark Young are being questioned about the allegations from the media mentioned. A report to outline its findings, which will include recommendations to the UK Government will eventually be submitted by the committee

A statement from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee said,  "The committee will explore how the governing bodies of tennis address match-fixing, and any weaknesses in the governance of the game, nationally and internationally.

"In January 2016, the BBC and BuzzFeed News published a report titled ‘The Tennis Racket’, alleging that sport’s governing bodies have been warned repeatedly about a core group of 16 players - all of whom rank in the top 50 - but none has faced any sanctions and more than half of them played at the Australian Open held in January 2016.

“The ATP have also been criticised as having been told by Betfair and other bookmakers of the threat of gambling corruption in tennis over a period of several years before the situation was brought to light at the Orange Prokom tournament in Sopot, Poland.”



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