Saturday, June 22, 2013

More from Wayne's World

Nick Harris, Mail on Sunday:
"Secret documents, made known to The Mail on Sunday, suggest [Wayne] Odesnik has passed to the authorities information about fellow players relating to drugs and corruption.

"On one occasion, Odesnik’s whistleblowing led to a corruption charge against a fellow professional, although that was thrown out after Odesnik was deemed a ‘wholly unreliable witness’.

"It is believed that the ITF and TIU (Tennis Integrity Unit) have made a variety of deals with suspected drug or fixing cheats to allow them to continue playing in exchange for information on fellow players.

"Neither the ITF or TIU would comment on their alleged use of whistleblowers, while Odesnik’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment."



7 comments:

  1. Maybe Nadal has turned snitch. It would explain his miraculous recovery from a career threatening knee injury.

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  2. Odd how Odesnik is now dismissed as a wholly unreliable witness when it comes to testing evidence that was previously instrumental in getting his hGh ban reduced.

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  3. We obviously have no way to corroborate the information in this article. It's fairly vague. With that said, there are two things which stand out to me:

    1.) If journalists cared at all, this should pique their curiosity enough to at least get them asking questions.

    2.) IF it's true "that the ITF and TIU (Tennis Integrity Unit) have made a variety of deals with suspected drug or fixing cheats to allow them to continue playing in exchange for information on fellow players," then it raises serious questions about possible corruption. It's theoretically possible for this quote to be true in the absence of corruption, but it begs for further research from people who have the ability to obtain information.

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  4. Will we ever hear a similar confession from a tennis player?

    "Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, has admitted for the first time that he received blood-doping treatment from Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes during his career, according to an interview with a German magazine published Saturday."

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/cycling/2013/06/22/jan-ullrich-blood-doping-tour-de-france/2449219/

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  5. That actually makes some sense. It was pretty well known Odesnik was involved in one of the fixing cases, and it was assumed that was Koellerer because it was ongoing at the time ...... but certain details didn't appear to match up.

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    1. Agreed.

      Koellerer was banned for life right around the time Odesnik's sentence was reduced, so it has long been speculated that Odesnik ratted Koellerer out.

      I'm not saying match-fixing isn't serious - it is - but it is pretty sketchy that they give off all appearances of not giving a care in the world about the doping problems plaguing the tour and care more about nailing low-level, triple-ranked players for betting and match fixing.

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