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Russian tennis player Ekaterina Bychkova banned for 30 days

She is currently ranked 121st in the world. From AP-

The Tennis Integrity Unit has fined Ekaterina Bychkova $5,000 and barred the Russian from playing for 30 days, saying she failed to report that she was asked to provide inside information and throw matches.

The ruling was announced Friday and takes effect immediately.

An anti-corruption hearing officer said there was no evidence Bychkova accepted any compensation. She was penalized because she didn’t disclose the offer until being questioned by investigators from the Tennis Integrity Unit, which was formed by the Grand Slam committee, International Tennis Federation, and the ATP and WTA tours.

There has been more than one recent incident of betting irregularities involving a tennis match. There is also the case of Czech player Jan Hernych who said he was asked to lose a match. The integrity of professional tennis is still solid at this moment, but the sport has the potential for a serious problem. Aggressive action needs to be taken or the sport’s image will be tarnished if incidents like those that I link to occur again.. The Tennis Integrity Unit IMHO took the right actions with Ekaterina Bychkova

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