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The Dirty Picture

 MPost |  2016-01-20 22:00:28.0  |  New Delhi

Amongst all the hard work, sportsmen and teams find themselves in a series of gambling, betting, and fixing. Cricket has been a sport where the dark world of fixing has shown its ugly face time and again. However, other sports haven’t been spared. Tennis being the recent one. There was an investigation into the dark world of Tennis where the possibilities of fixing were steadily increasing. The results after the investigation has lead to raised eyebrows as a number of players seem to be involved with match fixing but Tennis authorities haven’t taken any action against them as of now. They further said that some of the current players of the ongoing Australian Open are also regular match fixers. However, the Tennis authority kept its stand with a cold shoulder to media houses and their evidences. Some key highlights of these evidences included a US open and Doubles winners who were amongst a core group of 16 other members who have apparently lost games on purpose whenever there has been a hi-profile bet placed on these players by the bookies. It further added that a player playing at the Australian open ranked within the top 50 in the world has already planned a match as he is allegedly going to lose the first set. Reports suggest that fixing happens at hotel rooms and resorts where the players stay during a tour. It is also suggested that the corrupt bookies are offer a sum of $50000 and more to these players to fix games. Also that most of these gambling syndicates operate from inside Russia and Italy. Over 70 players have been discovered on a leaked list discovered by the authorities belonging to one of the major bookies in this business. Action against the same is still due. ATP President Chris Karmode spoke during a press conference in Melbourne, “The Tennis Integrity Unit and the tennis authorities absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match fixing has been suppressed for they reason or isn’t being thoroughly investigated”. He further added, “While the BBC and BuzzFeed reports mainly refer to events from about 10 years ago, we will investigate any new information and we always do.”

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