Tennis - A Russian tennis official has been given a six-month suspension and fined $1,000 for not reporting a corrupt approach and knowledge of the corrupt activity, according to The Tennis Integrity Unit. The official in question is Svetlana Teryaeva.
As per the sentence, four months of the ban and the entire fine are suspended on the condition that no further offices will be committed by the official. That means Teryaeva will be subjected to a two-month suspension and will not be required to pay the fine.
The sanction was imposed by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Jayne Mulcahy QC, Due to the suspension, Ms Teryaeva cannot officiate in or attend any tennis event which is authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport until 1 October 2019.
The relevant sections of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program under which the official is suspended are Section D.2.b.i. and Section D.2.b.ii. Section D.2.b.i: “In the event any Related Person or Tournament Support Person is approached by any person who offers or provides any type of money, benefit or Consideration to a Related Person or Tournament Support Person to (i) influence or attempt to influence the outcome of any aspect of any Event, or (ii) provide Inside Information, it shall be the Related Person’s or Tournament Support Person’s obligation to report such incident to the TIU as soon as possible”.
Section D.2.b.ii: “In the event, any Related Person or Tournament Support Person knows or suspects that any Covered Person or other individual has committed a Corruption Offense, it shall be the Related Person’s or Tournament Support Person’s obligation to report such knowledge or suspicion to the TIU as soon as possible”.
The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the major governing bodies in tennis - the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the Association of Tennis Professionals Tour and the Women's Tennis Association Tour.