The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm the appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) by Russian doubles player Nikita Khakimov against the decision of the BWF Independent Hearing Panel (IHP) has been upheld.
Khakimov was originally suspended from all badminton-related activity for a period of five years from 12 October 2020 for being in breach of BWF Integrity Regulations including approaching a player and offering money to manipulate a match at the European Team Championships, betting on badminton matches, failing to properly cooperate with an investigation, and deliberately destroying evidence of a corruption offence to conceal it from the BWF.
CAS handed down its overruling of the IHP decision on Monday.
Khakimov is now eligible to participate in badminton activities including competing in BWF-sanctioned tournaments effective from 22 November 2021.
BWF will publish the reasoned decision of the CAS Appeals Panel once available.