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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Features 20/11/2017

Russian State doping may go back to Soviet era

Film maker Bryan Fogel, who produced the ‘Icarus’ documentary featuring former Director of the Moscow anti-doping Laboratory Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, has alleged that systemic doping of Russian athletes may date back to the Soviet era. In an interview for the Jim Rome show, Fogel alleges that Rodchenkov’s realisation that...

News 16/11/2017

WADA decides RUSADA has not met reinstatement conditions

The Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has decided that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has not met the conditions required for it to be declared complaint with the World Anti-Doping Code, reports InsideTheGames. Alexander Zhukov, President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), appealed to the WADA...

Features 15/11/2017

UKAD closes its investigation into Team Sky package with no charges issued

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that it has closed its investigation into a package flown out to Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman to teat Sir Bradley Wiggins at the end of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné due to a lack of evidence. ‘UKAD remains unable to confirm or refute...

News 15/11/2017

FIFAGate Trial: How bust-up in the FIFA restrooms helped swing 2022 World Cup vote

An extraordinary tale has emerged of how an angry squabble in the restrooms at FIFA helped sway the vote which ultimately awarded 2022 World Cup host rights to Qatar. The story was told by Alejandro Burzaco, a former CEO of Argentina media rights giant TyC, in a New York courtroom where...

News 15/11/2017

FIFAGate Trial: Fox Sports is named among broadcasters in bribery deals

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Sports was dragged into the FIFAGate scandal when it was alleged, in court in New York, to have been among media giants which paid bribes to obtain international football contracts. The allegation was made by Alejandro Burzaco, former CEO of Argentina’s powerful TyC who was testifying against...

News 15/11/2017

Carter’s appeal against loss of Beijing 2008 4x100m gold to be heard today

Jamaican athlete Nesta Carter’s appeal against the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to disqualify the Jamaican 4x100m team from the Beijing 2008 Olympics, in which they took a Gold medal, will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) today. The IOC disqualified the Jamaican 4x100m team...

News 14/11/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 November 2017

• UK Sport and Sport England have provided written evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee of the UK Parliament, which today spoke to Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch (video below) about concerns raised by athletes about the governance of sport in the UK. The bodies state...

News 14/11/2017

Sex abuse claims mount against former USA Gymnastics doctor

Aly Raisman, a US gymnast who won five Olympic medals – including three golds – is the latest US gymnast to allege that she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. In an interview with 60 Minutes (video below), Raisman hints at her anger at USA...

News 13/11/2017

Jess Varnish launches legal action against British Cycling and UK Sport

British Olympian Jess Varnish is launching legal action against British Cycling and UK Sport reports the BBC, in a case that could have implications for all athletes funded by UK Sport. It is understood that Varnish’s legal action claims she suffered sex discrimination, detriment for whistleblowing, victimisation and unfair...

Features 13/11/2017

Russia’s athletes suffer for the actions of others

The debate over whether Russian athletes should be allowed to compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics illustrates how the failure of sport’s governance structures allows athletes to be punished for the actions of others. The allegations against Russia are that institutionalised doping cheated the anti-doping testing system, leading...

News 13/11/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 13 November 2017

• 20-year old swimmer Sebastian Steffan has been sanctioned with a one year ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for heptaminol at the Austrian national championships on 16 June, where he took four gold medals. His ban will run from 3 November, announced the Austrian anti-doping rights...

Features 11/11/2017

Russian investigation denies WADA evidence & State doping

The Investigative Commission of the Russian Federation (SKR) has refuted evidence relating to the doping methodology outlined by Richard McLaren in his report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) into allegations of Russian doping, and has found no evidence of a State operated doping system within Russia. It has...

Features 10/11/2017

Additional evidence gives opposing views of IPC Classification cheating

Two additional pieces of written evidence given as part of a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee’s investigation give opposing views as to whether the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) classification system is being cheated. Kathryn Periac, former Head Coach of the Australian Paralympic team, alleges that British athletics...

News 09/11/2017

Italian cycling list includes 350 people subject to doping sanctions

A total of 350 people under the jurisdiction of the Italian cycling federation (FCI) are currently subject to doping sanctions, a list published by the FCI indicates. Most of the cyclists are amateurs, but the list also includes sports directors and managers. The Sports Integrity Initiative discovered the list...

News 09/11/2017

Olympiakos owner steps down ahead of match-fixing trial

Evangelos Marinakis, the owner of Olympiakos, has temporarily stepped down as Chairman of the Greek club ahead of a trial for match-fixing, a charge he denies. Marinakis is also owner of English Football League Championship club Nottingham Forest. Charges alleging that Marinakis was a member of a criminal organisation were...

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