The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has confirmed that unranked El Salvador tennis player Alberto Emmanuel Alvarado Larin has been banned from the sport for five months after failing to co-operate with an ITIA investigation. The player declined to engage with the ITIA in its investigations.
In addition to the ban, the player has also been fined $10,000 with $8,000 suspended providing there are no further breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).
Having chosen not to appeal the decision, Mr Alvarado Larin is prohibited from competing in or attending any sanctioned tennis events organised by the governing bodies of the sport from 26 April 2022 until 25 September 2022.
The ITIA found that the player had broken the rule in Section F.1.b of the 2021 TACP, relating to co-operation:
All Covered Persons must cooperate fully with investigations conducted by the ITIA including giving evidence at hearings, if requested. Even in the case where a Covered Person is represented by a legal counsel, the Covered Person is still personally responsible for ensuring that they cooperate fully with the investigation. The Covered Person shall be deemed not to have cooperated if the Covered Person’s legal counsel interferes with an ITIA investigation. A Covered Person’s failure to comply with any Demand, preserve evidence related to any Corruption Offense or otherwise cooperate fully with investigations conducted by the ITIA, may result in an adverse factual inference against the Covered Person in any matter referred to an AHO.
The ITIA is an independent body established by the International Governing Bodies of Tennis to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.
The original press release can be found here : https://itia.tennis/news/sanctions/alberto-emmanuel-alvarado-larin-banned/