ITIA creates Integrity Working Group with Egyptian Tennis Federation

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The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has established a Tennis Integrity Working Group with the Egyptian Tennis Federation (ETF).

The cooperation, which was agreed between the two parties at a recent tournament in Cairo, will enable tailor-made anti-corruption education and prevention programs in the country.

The tournament was attended by a delegation from the ITIA, which saw training sessions for players, coaches, parents and officials. The sessions provided information on the rules of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) and the Tennis Anti-Doping Program (TADP), while the ITIA team met with ETF officials to discuss issues such as future education efforts for their players and tournaments.

“Some time ago several Egyptian tennis players were sanctioned within short time of each other and we have seen a series of match fixing by international players at events held in Egypt,” said Jonny Gray, CEO of the ITIA.

“Following positive discussions with the Egyptian Tennis Federation, we have developed this program. They are as keen as we are to ensure that all players receive clear information about the rules in place to protect the sport.

“This is just one approach we are taking in our prevention efforts and we are grateful to the Egyptian Tennis Federation for their enthusiasm in seizing this opportunity.”

The program is the first of its kind, where the ITIA has partnered with a national federation and focuses on one country or region.

Egyptian Tennis Federation Vice-President Hassan El Aroussy said: “It is extremely important for the whole country and the rest of the world to know that Egyptian tennis takes integrity issues seriously.

“The problems of the past can serve as lessons for the future, and we look forward to working closely with our colleagues at ITIA.”

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