An investigation by the Head of Office of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Soren Friemel‘s affairs claims to have uncovered widespread corruption and abuse in tennis. Abuse of office within the International Tennis Federation was at least 15 years ago, according to the Telegraph.
According to insiders, a small handful of people wield enormous power and have used it to silence whistleblowers. A ban on referees speaking to the media was used to prevent officials from speaking, according to the former head of ATP Tour officials. Richard Ings. “This rule was designed to prevent in-game discussion of specific cases. “It was never designed to protect the sport from embarrassment. But it turned out to be.” Ings told the Telegraph.
Witnesses from the International Tennis Federation have come forward to corroborate the statements
Andrew Jarrettthe previous ITF Head of Committee, has been pushing for major changes to the game. “Recent investigation by a QC [into Friemel’s behavior] and the subsequent announcement by the ITF came as no great surprise. World tennis and the officials who serve in it deserve better leadership. This is now an opportunity to make changes to a system that has long been broken.” Jarret said in an email to the Telegraph.
While Friemel was fired from the ITF for making inappropriate comments, the study says there are more leaders within the ITF who face allegations of serious abuse of power. It is still unknown how widespread corruption is in tennis.
Another administrator, who declined to be named, explained that the entire mechanism for appointing match officials needs to be changed.“The office needs to be reviewed,” the administrator said. “We just have to accept that it’s not right. It doesn’t need a band-aid. We have to tear everything up.” The administrator said in view of the shocking news discovered.
Former chair umpire Martin Wickstrom claimed officers had abused each other for years, mostly sexually. He said, “In my day, being willing to use your body to advance your career was a well-known career fast track.” He further adds “If you look at some of the officers who have come through – say within 10 years – there’s no way they would have made it if the decision was based solely on their competence.”
According to Ings, the commanders had maintained control by enforcing a regime of terror. “Officials are afraid to speak. If they tell a reporter something that’s happening behind the scenes, even anonymously, their bosses will look for whoever provided the information. If they find out who spoke up, or maybe just have a suspicion, they don’t even have to file a code of conduct charge. You just can’t pick that person for the next job. People get the message quickly and there is a wall of silence.”
The news is very disappointing for fans and audiences considering that tennis has one of the largest fan bases and is very popular. We hope that there are reforms that will ensure that this does not happen.
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