Russian tennis official Svetlana Teryaeva has been suspended for six months and fined $1,000 after failing to report a corrupt approach, and knowledge of corrupt activity, to the Tennis Integrity Unit. Four months of the ban and all of the fine are suspended on condition that no further offences are committed.
Therefore Ms Teryaeva is subject to a two month suspension and will not be required to pay any fine.
The sanction was imposed by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Jayne Mulcahy QC, following a decision reached on 24 May this year which found that Ms Teryaeva had committed two non-reporting offences: http://www.tennisintegrityunit.com/media-releases/tennis-umpire-svetlana-teryaeva-facing-sanction-after-failing-report-corrupt-approach-tennis-integrity-unit.
As a result of the suspension Ms Teryaeva cannot officiate in or attend any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport until 1 October 2019.
The relevant sections of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program which relate to the reporting of corrupt approaches are:
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 Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.