The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has taken action against four officials for corruption offenses, issuing lengthy bans to Edvinas Grigaitis, Givi Khudoiani, Arsen Movsisyan, and Manuel Sperger. An independent anti-corruption hearing officer sanctioned the bans, which were the result of their involvement in match-fixing and manipulation of scoring data for betting purposes.

Manuel Sperger, an Austrian official, has been banned for seven and a half years, effective from December 18, 2023, until June 17, 2031. Additionally, he has been fined $25,000, with $18,750 suspended. Sperger admitted to manipulating scores in 2016 and 2017 for betting purposes and faced 12 offenses under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP).

Edvinas Grigaitis, a national-level official from Lithuania, has received a three-year suspension for four breaches of the TACP, including manipulating scoring data and facilitating wagering. He was also charged with wagering on tennis matches he was not involved in, with his suspension running from December 15, 2023, to December 14, 2026.

Givi Khudoiani of Georgia and Arsen Movsisyan of Armenia, both national-level officials, were found to have collaborated on a scheme to manipulate scoring data from matches in 2019 and 2020 for betting purposes. Khudoiani committed 15 TACP breaches and Movsisyan six, resulting in a 14-year suspension and a $25,000 fine for Khudoiani and a five-year ban for Movsisyan. Both officials have been provisionally suspended since July 14, 2021, when details of the case first came to light.

The bans prohibit the officials from officiating at or attending any tennis event authorized or sanctioned by the members of the ITIA. Time served since the provisional suspensions will be taken off their confirmed bans, meaning Khudoiani’s ban will end on July 13, 2035, and Movsisyan’s ban on July 13, 2026. These actions by the ITIA demonstrate a commitment to maintaining the integrity of the sport and holding individuals accountable for corrupt practices.

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