Russian badminton player wins appeal to overturn 5-year ban for match-fixing

A Russian badminton player won his appeal on Monday to overturn a five-year ban because his alleged involvement in betting and match-fixing was not proven.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it upheld Nikita Khakimovโ€™s appeal against the Badminton World Federationโ€™s ruling of one year ago โ€œdue to the lack of concrete evidence.โ€

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Khakimov was alleged to have offered a player money to manipulate a match at a European event in 2018.

An investigation appointed by badmintonโ€™s governing body also accused him of destroying evidence to conceal corruption.

CAS said its judges found there was โ€œinsufficient evidence to prove that the alleged misconduct had occurred.โ€

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