Matchfixing in tennis, it is not a myth. Last year there appeared a report that the issue is told in a large part of the world. One of the matchfixers was Karim Hossam, a young and promising tennis player from Egypt: “I wanted to major tournaments to play and needed the money,” he says in an interview with the BBC.
The match-fixing scandal came to light after an independent investigative committee of the integrity of the tennis examined. They did that after BBC News and Buzzfeed reported on possible illegal gokpraktijken in tennis at a low level. One of the largest markets shows North Africa, but in the files are also European names.
One of the matchfixers was Karim Hossam, a 24-year-old Egyptian who as a North African tennishoop gold. In an interview with the BBC he did his story, which began in 2013 during the International Tennis Federation Futures tournament in Sharm-el-Sheikh. Hossam had the tournament four times, won and won, thus each profit premium of $ 15,000. “I was in 2013, approximated by a unknown player. He asked me if I match wanted to lose for $ 1000. That contest did for me not so, so I said yes.” After the match went Hossam, together with the player to a secluded place in order to collect money.
The siren call of the money
Hossam realized, however, that the agreement to him, his career would cost, because matchfixing in tennis are punished with a lifetime ban from the sport. “I told them what had happened to my father. He became angry and said that I have my life to ruin, but I wanted big tournaments, went to a training camp in America… where I had to pay for.”
Hossam tried not to be involved in the matchfixing, but ultimately it was the lure of the money to him too much. He started all over again with money to accept to competitions to lose, later on he was himself also an intermediary. He had the appointments set up between players. For four years he played, and he helped in the manipulation of matches in Egypt, Tunisia and Nigeria. The events happened mostly via Facebookberichten. Therein laid Hossam carefully from what the player was expected in exchange for money.
In 2017, the authorities on the path of Hossam. He told them during the first interrogation that he was in the matchfixing was trapped by the money. Immediately after the interview he sent to his younger brother that he was caught and so had been dumb to not all the messages to delete. By working on the research he hoped his punishment to avoid. At his last interrogation in January 2018, was Hossam started as a jeugdcoach. The researchers asked him for the name of the man who in 2013 contacted had, so to avoid that he is also still young players would appeal.
Despite all the information that Hossam has given, he was still for life, banned from the sport. The confidential documents that the BBC could refer to it, however, show that Hossam remained corrupt. so it came to light that he in August 2018 with a player still has extensively talked about a certain wedstrijdscore for 3.500 dollar, but the player withdrew at the last moment back out of the deal. Hossam did not want to answer the allegations.
Largest manipulatiekring ever
The documents prove that one of the biggest matchfixing circles is discovered. More than 20 North African players are involved, but the last months were 15 Spaniards arrested involved in an Armenian gokkring. That discovered the Belgian investigation. The documents also show that one of the contacts of Hossam Armenian.
The largest part of the players involved is still not sanctioned, and also the player that Karim for the first time appealed to, in 2013, still plays professional tennis, reports BBC.