London - South African tennis player Joshua Chetty has
been banned from the sport for life after being found guilty of match-fixing
21-year old admitted to approaching another player with financial inducements
of $2 000 to underperform in a singles match, and $600 in a doubles match,
during the ITF Futures F1 event in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in November
player approached by Chetty, whose identity will remain confidential in
accordance with the provisions of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP),
rejected the corrupt offers and reported the matter to the Tennis Integrity
findings of a resultant TIU investigation were referred to independent
Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer, Ian Mill QC, who considered the case and
imposed the lifetime ban from all professional tennis.
Chetty is currently ranked 1 857th in singles, with a career-high of 1 370th in
breaches of the TACP for which he has been found guilty fall under Sections
D.1.e and D.1.g, namely:
D.1.e. No Covered Person shall,
directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any Player to not use his or her
best efforts in any Event.
D.1.g. No Covered Person shall,
directly or indirectly, offer or provide any money, benefit or Consideration to
any other Covered Person with the intention of negatively influencing a
Player's best efforts in any Event.
lifetime ban from all professional tennis applies with immediate effect and
means the player is not allowed to compete in, or attend, any tournament or
event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport.
President of Tennis South Africa (TSA) Gavin Crookes
said TSA supports this decision unreservedly.
“The maintenance of the integrity
of our sport is paramount - David Haggerty, the President of the International
Tennis Federation has made this one of his core objectives over the next three
years - this likewise is one of my core objectives for the coming three years
as President of Tennis South Africa. All stakeholders need to know that the
running of our sport is above reproach and that any transgression by any
player, official or administrator will be dealt with harshly.”
Crookes said that he had advised EThekwini Tennis that Chetty would not be allowed to participate in League fixtures as well.