TIU Press Release, May 4, 2019
Egyptian tennis player Mohamed Safwat has received a suspended sentence and fine after being found guilty of failing to report corrupt approaches to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU).
An independent Anti-Corruption Hearing held in London on 20 and 21 December 2018 found that the 28-year old received a number of corrupt approaches in 2015, but failed to report them to the TIU, as required by the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). He was also found guilty of a further charge of failing to report knowledge or suspicion of corruption offences by another party.
As a result, independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Jane Mulcahy QC today imposed a suspended sentence of six months and a fine of $5,000, of which $4,000 is suspended on the basis that no further breaches of the TACP are committed.
Mr Safwat can continue to play professional tennis. He is currently ranked 233 in ATP singles and has a career high of 163 achieved in June 2018.
The breaches of the TACP he has been found guilty of are:
D.2.a.i: “In the event any Player is approached by any person who offers or provides any type of money, benefit or Consideration to a Player to (i) influence the outcome or any other aspect of any Event, or (ii) provide Inside Information, it shall be the Player’s obligation to report such incident to the TIU as soon as possible.”
D.2.a.ii: “In the event any Player knows or suspects that any other Covered Person or other individual has committed a Corruption Offense, it shall be the Player’s obligation to report such knowledge or suspicion to the TIU as soon as possible.”