Andy Brown

Andy has been writing about the governance of sport for over 15 years. Prior to working on the Sports Integrity Initiative, he was the editor of World Sports Law Report for eight years. He has also worked for the Press Association and has written for numerous trade magazines. He has also created, chaired and spoken at numerous conferences on the business of sport, and produced the Sports Law Show for iSportConnect TV.

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News 19/09/2018

Pressure builds on WADA over RUSADA decision

Pressure is building on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) over tomorrow’s Executive Committee decision on whether to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). On Friday last week, WADA announced that the Compliance Review Committee (CRC) had recommended that RUSADA should be reinstated. ‘While WADA does not usually communicate CRC...

News 18/09/2018

Carmine Galletta ban extended until January 2065

Italy’s national anti-doping organisation (NADO Italia) has confirmed that former professional cyclist Carmine Galletta has been sanctioned with an additional 25 year ban, extending his period of prohibition until 14 January 2065. In 2015, Galletta was sanctioned with a 25 year ban expiring in January 2040, after being implicated...

News 18/09/2018

Study finds supplements contain huge higenamine doses

A Study published in Clinical Toxicology has found that 24 sports supplements that list higenamine on the label contain doses ranging from a trace amount to 62mg per serving. It found that when following recommended serving sizes on supplement labels, consumers could be exposed to 110mg of higenamine a day,...

Opinion 17/09/2018

A compromise likely to reveal little

Over the weekend, the Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended that the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) should reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) as compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code when it meets on 20 September. The recommendation was conditional on: • RUSADA and the Russian...

News 17/09/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 17 September 2018

• Professional Australian motorcycle racer Anthony West has denied any wrongdoing after being notified that he tested positive for stimulants in a sample taken at the FIM SuperSport World Championships, San Marino, on 8 July. ‘I have two choices before me: admit to something I didn’t do, or fight...

News 14/09/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 September 2018

• Spain’s Agency for Health Protection in Sport (AEPSAD) has closed its investigation into Valencia’s midfielder, Denis Cheryshev, according to a letter posted on the Russian’s Twitter account (below). AEPSAD was investigating Cheryshev over comments made by his father which suggested he had received injections of growth hormone in...

News 14/09/2018

IWF provisionally suspends three and clears one

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has provisionally suspended three weightlifters after they tested positive for a prohibited substance, one of which is already banned. Ghenadie Dudoglo is serving a four year ban until 10 December 2019, after returning an AAF for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone in December 2015. However, the IWF today...

News 14/09/2018

Wrestler’s ban increased from ten months to two years

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled that a ten month ban issued to Russian wrestler Anzor Boltukaev by United World Wrestling (UWW) should be increased to two years, following an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Boltukaev was initially sanctioned with a ten month ban...

News 13/09/2018

Statements highlight conflicting pressures on WADA over RUSADA reinstatement

Statements issued by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Athlete Commission of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) have highlighted the conflicting pressures that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will be under when it considers whether the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) should be reinstated at its 20 September Executive Committee meeting...

News 12/09/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 12 September 2018

• Ghana Football Association (GFA) officials blocked four players from conducting anti-doping tests after the national team’s 1-0 loss to Kenya in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying match on 8 September, reports The Standard. The Kenyan newspaper reports that the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) was asked to...

News 11/09/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 September 2018

• Italy’s national anti-doping organisation (NADO Italia) confirmed that squash player Alexander Joe Hodgetts has been sanctioned with a four year ban. Hodgetts returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for metabolites of methandienone at the Italian Team Championships on 21 April. NADO Italia also announced that a minor taekwondo...

News 11/09/2018

Italian kickboxer & UFC fighter banned until 2044

Italian kickboxer Maria Chiara ‘Romero’ Borella, who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), has been banned until 2044, Italy’s national anti-doping organisation (NADO Italia) confirmed yesterday. NADO Italia said Borella had been issued with an additional 15 year ban due to violations of Article 4.12.3 and Article 8...

News 10/09/2018

Sanctions against Abakumova & Lebedeva announced by AIU

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed that Mariya Abakumova and Tatyana Lebedeva have been sanctioned after retests of samples tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). Abakumova (pictured), who took silver in the Javelin at Beijing 2008, was disqualified by the International...

News 10/09/2018

Steven Lopez plans appeal against permanent exclusion

Double Olympic gold medal winner Steven Lopez plans to appeal against his permanent exclusion by USA Taekwondo (USAT), after a SafeSport investigation found him guilty of sexual misconduct involving a minor. Lopez’s sanction features on the USAT Suspension List, and a search on the SafeSport internet site reveals that the...

News 10/09/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 10 September 2018

• Weightlifter Marcus Topf has been sanctioned with a two year ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for higenamine, the Australian anti-doping organisation (ÖADR) announced. His ban will run from the day of his in-competition sample on 5 May to 4 May 2020. Click here to download...

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