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SHB counsels ITIA in corruption matter yielding lifetime bans

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) recently announced that professional tennis players Nastja Kolar and Alexandra Riley have been banned from the sport for life and handed significant fines following multiple breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).

The sports lawyers at Smith Hulsey & Busey assisted the ITIA as counsel in the disciplinary arbitration proceedings.

An Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer determined that Kolar, of Slovenia, and Riley, of the U.S., had committed 25 and 15 offenses, respectively, between 2015 and 2020. The pair had been provisionally suspended since March 2023, pending a decision on sanctions. 

The ITIA said the penalties reflected “the depth and significance of these breaches, which included contriving aspects of matches, wagering, facilitating wagering, courtsiding, conspiracy, and failing to report corrupt approaches.”

In addition to the lifetime bans, Kolar has been fined $175,000 and Riley $50,000.

Smith Hulsey drafted the initial Tennis Anti-Corruption Program for the Tennis Integrity Agency, the predecessor to the ITIA. The TACP is used by the governing bodies of professional tennis worldwide.

Smith Hulsey’s experienced sports lawyers are versed in a range of legal issues relating to interscholastic, collegiate and professional athletics, including contracts, league governance disputes, anti-corruption matters, and name, image and likeness (NIL) counseling.

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