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Russian Khakimov’s match-fixing ban overturned

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Nov 22 (Reuters) – Russian Nikita Khakimov’s five-year ban from all badminton-related actions on fees of betting and match-fixing has been overturned following a profitable attraction, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) mentioned on Monday.

Khakimov, 33, was suspended by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in December final yr after being discovered responsible of offences regarding “betting, wagering and irregular match results”. learn extra

The BWF opened an investigation towards Khakimov after acquiring a press release from a whistleblower, who claimed the shuttler had approached him to govern match outcomes on the European Teams Championships held in February 2018.

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“The Challenged Decision has been set aside and Nikita Khakimov is eligible to participate in badminton related-activities with immediate effect,” CAS mentioned in a statement.

“After having carefully considered all of the evidence produced and the submissions made by the parties, the CAS Panel found, in contrast to the Challenged Decision, that there was insufficient evidence to prove that the alleged misconduct had occurred, and therefore, due to the lack of concrete evidence, Nikita Khakimov should not be sanctioned.”

Khakimov was a part of the Russia males’s workforce that gained bronze on the 2020 European Team Championships.

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Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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