Howman among four members of ITF's newly-formed ethics commission
By Callum Murray
The International Tennis Federation has appointed four members to its newly-formed ethics commission, including David Howman, the former director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Howman also chairs the Athletics Integrity Unit, the independent body formed by the IAAF, track and field’s governing body, in 2017.
The other newly-appointed ITF ethics commission members are: Jack Anderson, Professor and Director of Sports Law Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia, an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for and a member of the integrity unit of the FIH, field hockey’s world governing body; Brian Havill, deputy chief executive of Swim England; and Urvasi Naidoo, a member of the ethics commission of the UCI, cycling’s world governing body, and of the FIH’s judicial commission.
The appointments were made by Sandra Osborne, the chair of the commission, who took up the role on 1 December 2018. The members are drawn from outside tennis stakeholders, to ensure independence.
The ITF said: “The ITF Ethics Commission has been formed to uphold the ITF’s commitment to the highest standards of integrity, governance and transparency. It will define, review and enforce the framework of ethical principles outlined in the ITF Code of Ethics.
“Ms Osborne, Mr Howman and Ms Naidoo also form the Election Panel. The Election Panel has responsibility for ensuring that the ITF Presidential and Board of Directors elections (taking place at the ITF AGM in Lisbon on 23-26 September) are conducted fairly and with integrity. As part of its remit, the Election Panel has issued the rules that will apply to all candidates for both elections.”
David Haggerty, the ITF’s president, added: “Integrity and development are key priorities for the ITF and our ITF2024 strategy to grow and strengthen our sport. These individuals bring an enormous wealth of experience in regulation, governance and ethics and ensure that the new ITF Ethics Commission, under the leadership of Sandra Osborne QC, will be an effective and significant body in the development of our sport.”
The ethics commission complements the existing Tennis Integrity Unit, which acts on behalf of the ATP and the WTA, the men’s and women’s professional tennis organisations, and the ITF to investigate corruption in the sport.
The ITF told Sportcal today that the TIU is responsible for investigating corruption on the field of play, while the ethics commission is responsible for ensuring good governance of the sport.
In January, 15 people were arrested by law enforcement officials in Spain in an investigation into match-fixing in tennis that is alleged to have been organised by an Armenian criminal gang.
The Spanish authorities said that 83 people were implicated, among them 28 players from the lower-tier ITF Futures and Challenger tours.
One of those arrested is Spanish player Marc Fornell-Mestres, 36, who was ranked 1,007th in singles at the end of 2018, and was suspended by the TIU the previous month in an anti-corruption probe. He is accused of being the link between the players and the Armenian gang.