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 18/07/2018

14 sanctioned for an ADRV during 2018 CrossFit Games season

Fourteen athletes have been sanctioned for an anti-doping rule violation during the 2018 CrossFit Games season, reports BarbellSpin. The 14 included five athletes that qualified to compete at the 2018 CrossFit Games, all of which were sanctioned with a four year ban expiring in June 2022. They are: Emily...

News 18/07/2018

ACMA investigating if sports betting sites have beached IGA

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is examining if a number of online gambling sites have breached the Interactive Gambling Act (IGA), after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) found that websites using .cc domains were offering odds on sport to Australians. The IGA bans gambling operators from offering...

News 17/07/2018

Zubkov considering challenge to IOC ban outside of sport’s arbitration system

Alexander Zubkov, who was recently re-elected as President of Russian Bobsled Federation (OBP), is considering a challenge to a doping sanction outside of sport’s arbitration system, in an attempt to prove his innocence. Zubkov was prohibited from participating in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics after physiologically impossible levels of...

News 17/07/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 17 July 2018

• The Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) of Great Britain’s Gambling Commission logged over 2,200 Intelligence Reports during the 2017/18 financial year, the Commission’s Annual Report reveals. These came from 318 calls to its confidential telephone line, as well as interaction with police and overseas regulators. The Reports related...

News 16/07/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 16 July 2018

• Anti-Doping Switzerland has confirmed that it has opened proceedings against wrestler Martin Grab, after he issued a statement confirming that he had returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for tamoxifen. ‘In a letter dated 26/06/2018, Anti-Doping Switzerland informed me that my A sample was positive’, reads Grab’s statement. ‘The...

News 16/07/2018

Doping Autoriteit’s List submission calls for clarity in Salbutamol regime

The anti-doping authority of The Netherlands (Doping Autoriteit) has called for clarity in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) rules on salbutamol in comments provided on the 2019 Prohibited List, which is due to be published by 1 October. Earlier this month, the International Cycling Union and WADA cleared Chris...

13/07/2018

Scientific inaccuracies in Study used in support IAAF’s DSD Regulations

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has been forced to submit a revised version of a 2017 scientific Study referenced in support of its Differences of Sex Development (DSD) Regulations, after independent scientists found flaws in the data. Last week, the IAAF released the data used in the...

12/07/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 12 July 2018

• The Serbian boxing federation (SBF) has sanctioned Sašu Polugića with an 18 month ban, after he returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for ephedrine, the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS) announced. Polugića tested positive at the Serbian boxing championships on 24 February, and his ban will run from...

12/07/2018

Berlinger & Arne Ljungqvist agreement to fund anti-doping research

An agreement between Berlinger Group and the Arne Ljungqvist Anti-Doping Foundation will see any profit generated through the sale of anti-doping test kits transferred to the Foundation, where it will be used to maintain an anti-doping research fund. The Swiss company announced that it will continue to manufacture the...

11/07/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 July 2018

• The Disciplinary Chamber of the Swiss Olympic Committee has sanctioned a 24 year old amateur ice hockey player with a four year ban, after he returned an adverse analytical finding for testosterone on 8 June, Anti-Doping Switzerland announced. The athlete argued that he had not used the substance...

10/07/2018

Russian team used smelling salts during 2018 World Cup games

Team doctor Eduard Bezuglov (Безуглов Эдуард) has admitted that the Russian football team used smelling salts during its World Cup matches. “This is common ammonia, which is moistened in cotton wool and breathed in”, he told Sport.ru. “This is done by thousands of athletes to perk them up ...

09/07/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 9 July 2018

• The national crime agency (NAKA) has charged 21 people with taking bribes to influence the results of football matches, the Slovakian football association (SFZ) has confirmed. The SFZ said that the 21 are suspected of taking bribes in relation to games taking place in the central Slovak football...

09/07/2018

CAF bans eleven referees and suspends eleven

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has banned eleven referees for terms ranging from two years to life and has provisionally suspended another eleven, over allegations that they accepted money to influence the results of matches. The CAF will consider the cases of the 11 provisionally suspended referees on...

05/07/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 5 July 2018

• Nine Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA) will be competing at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World U20 Championships Tampere, which takes place 10-15 July. The athletes are Aleksey Fadeyev; Nikolay Orlov; Stepan Kevin; Polina Miller; Mariya Kochanova; Alina Sharkova; Yelizaveta Bondarenko; Aksana Gataullina; and Diana Adasko. To...

05/07/2018

Anti-doping measures taken against six Italians

Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has provided updates on anti-doping proceedings involving six athletes, comprising a cyclist, two para athletes and three bodybuilders. Mountain biker Matteo Raimondi was provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of clostebol at the Italian Enduro Championships on...

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