New scandal in world tennis in a situation that, unfortunately, is becoming more frequent. A Dutch coach has been severely sanctioned for being involved in a large match-fixing scheme also related to sports betting. It’s about the technician Max Wenderswho himself has acknowledged the charges against him.
The research has been carried out by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA). Due to the enormous pressure he was enduring, Max Wenders ended up admitting to the fixing charges against him. However, this has been the tip of the iceberg, taking into account all the crimes of which he has finally been accused and that he himself has recognized.
This Dutch coach has acknowledged that he also destroyed important evidence within the plot and that they had been requested at the time by the then Tennis Integrity Unit. In addition, he has also acknowledged that he did not agree to have denounced the corruption plot that he was witnessing and to which he ended up adding to expand his list of serious crimes.
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The ITIA has reported the resolution in the last few hours on a case that began several months ago. This situation was already judged in April 2021 by the head of anti-corruption, the well-known professor Richard McLarenwho is considered a real institution in this type of situation.
However, the resolution itself has not been made public so far as requested by the legal team of the person under investigation, who presented their pertinent allegations. The most serious of all is the incredible sanction that now weighs on Max Wenders himself, who has practically said goodbye to his career as a top-level tennis coach.
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An exemplary sanction
He will have to be away from his role and from the professional practice of tennis for the next 12 years. Of course, he has already served more than one of those 12 years of sanction, since it started last April despite the fact that this sentence was not made public. His specific date is April 28, 2021.
And in the official text it is expressed with the following terms: “Max Wenders is prevented from training, playing or attending any tennis event authorized by the governing bodies of this sport for a period of 12 years from the date of the decision” .
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The sanction is carried out by the International Tennis Integrity Agency, considered as an independent body created by the international governing bodies of tennis to promote, encourage, improve and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis throughout the world. In addition, this opinion is accompanied by a really important economic penalty as well. Along with those 12 years of sports inactivity is also a fine of $12,000.
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