The Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TCAP) and the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) are se to mere into a single organisation following the approval of plans by the Tennis Integrity Supervisory Board (TISB).
The decision has been made with the aim of enhancing the integrity within the sport after the International Betting Integrity Association reported that tennis was yet again listed as the sport with the highest number of suspicious betting cases.
Jennie Price, chair for the TISB, commented on the approval: “We are confident there will be significant benefits from integrating these two strong programmes into a single organisation. They include enhanced information sharing between the anti-doping and anti-corruption teams and the opportunity to join up education and support for players.”
At present, TCAP covers betting-related corruption issues, while the TADP is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to tackle doping in the sport.
With the new-look organisation set to take on the full responsibility of anti-doping in the sport as of January 2021, work has already began with detailed measures needing to be implemented in order to deliver the expanded integrity body.
The approved plans will see both organisations join together to work out of a single location where they will share services and operate independently to the sport.
The TISB is now set to recruit a new chief executive to head the restructured organisation. A name for the new body is set to be confirmed at a later date, with the board hoping to appoint the new chief executive by the end of this year.