Sunday December 25, 2011
Swedish teen banned for corruption
PARIS: Swedish teenager Lucas Renard was banned for six months and fined US$5,000 after admitting corruption, the Tennis Integrity Unit announced on Friday.
The 19-year-old, who spends his career on the third-tier Futures circuit, had four months of his sanction suspended.
“The case against 19-year-old Renard was based on the findings of a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation, which was then considered by an independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer,” said a TIU statement.
“The sanction applies with immediate effect and means that the player is not eligible to participate in any tournament or competition organised or authorised by the governing bodies of professional tennis.
“Renard’s offence contravened Article D.1.d of the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme – ‘No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event’.”
The TIU did not reveal the details of the case against Renard whose career earnings of US$5,790 will just about cover his fine. — AFP