Wim­ble­don match un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

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TEN­NIS in­ves­ti­ga­tors are ex­am­in­ing whether a match at this year’s Wim­ble­don was fixed af­ter sus­pi­cious bet­ting pat­terns were re­ported.

The Ten­nis In­tegrity Unit (TIU), which was set up in 2008 to de­tect any cor­rup­tion, has not re­vealed which match it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The TIU is al­ready in­ves­ti­gat­ing a US Open firstround match be­tween Vi­talia Di­atchenko and Timea Bac­sin­szky.

“Both are the sub­ject of rou­tine, con­fi­den­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” it said.

The TIU said it re­ceived 96 alerts from July to Septem­ber, in­clud­ing the two alerts from Wim­ble­don and the US Open.

Alerts come from reg­u­la­tors and bet­ting or­gan­i­sa­tions, who can re­port matches if they no­tice sus­pi­cious bet­ting pat­terns.

“It is im­por­tant to ap­pre­ci­ate that an alert on its own is not ev­i­dence of match-fix­ing,” added the TIU.

It states that un­usual gam­bling pat­terns can be ex­plained by fac­tors other than fix­ing, such as in­cor­rect odds set­ting, player fit­ness, play­ing con­di­tions and well-in­formed bet­ting.

Mean­while, none of the 36 ref­er­ees and judges used at the Rio 2016 boxing com­pe­ti­tion will of­fi­ci­ate again un­til an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into scor­ing pro­ce­dures has con­cluded.

Boxing at the Rio Olympics was marred by several con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sions.

Ir­ish ban­tamweight Michael Con­lan, who said he was “robbed”, and Kaza­khstan’s Vas­siliy Le­vit lost bouts in which they both ap­peared to win com­fort­ably.

The In­ter­na­tional Boxing As­so­ci­a­tion (AIBA) said it would “fully as­sess what ac­tion needs to be taken”.

“While the ma­jor­ity of the boxing com­pe­ti­tion in Rio 2016 was re­ceived very pos­i­tively, a small num­ber of de­ci­sions un­der de­bate in­di­cated that fur­ther re­forms in the AIBA ref­eree and judg­ing pro­ce­dures were nec­es­sary,” ama­teur boxing’s gov­ern­ing body said. — BBC.

Itume­leng Khune

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