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 21/05/2018

Twelfth athlete sanctioned in NZ Clenbuterol investigations

The Sports Tribunal of New Zealand (STNZ) has sanctioned amateur rugby league player Michael ‘Greg’ Strickland with a two year ban from 27 May 2017 for purchasing clenbuterol from the NZ Clenbuterol internet site in 2015. ‘This is the Tribunal’s fifth case and there are expected to be many...

News 21/05/2018

FIS agrees integrity partnership with Global Sports Investigations

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has agreed an integrity partnership with Global Sports Investigations, it announced at its Congress in Greece last weekend. ‘The Congress acknowledged the establishment of the system to protect the integrity of sport and the FIS in the case of any breaches of governance and...

Features 19/05/2018

Questions remain over IAAF Differences of Sex Development Regulations

One of the central tenets of most sports is that competition is split into male and female categories, based on the perception that males enjoy a performance advantage in certain sporting events due to differences in size, strength and power. This used to be carried out through an examination...

News 18/05/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 18 May 2018

• Two officials have been arrested on suspicion of corruption that may have enabled Sporting Lisbon to win the Portuguese 2016/17 handball title, reports Correio da Manha. The newspaper reported that following a raid on 16 March, police discovered that officials had bribed referees and paid other teams to...

News 18/05/2018

UK Government not to revisit criminalisation of doping in sport

The UK Government has again clarified that it will not ‘revisit’ the issue of whether doping in sport should be criminalised, its its response to the Combatting Doping in Sport Report (PDF below) released by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee of the UK Parliament on 5...

Features 17/05/2018

WADA Report reveals Bucharest Laboratory concealed two positive tests

An internal World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Investigation Report, illegally obtained by Fancy Bears and emailed to The Sports Integrity Initiative, suggests that two Directors of the Romanian Doping Control Laboratory concealed two positive tests. The Report also found that the Romanian Laboratory had no reliable method for detecting the...

Features 16/05/2018

Data scramble reignites as Supreme Court overturns PASPA

On 14 May, the US Supreme Court ruled (PDF below) that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which prohibited all but four States from regulating sports betting, is unconstitutional. As any gambling operator seeking to offer odds on US sports in the future will need accurate match...

News 16/05/2018

WADA agreement with Fonds de recherche du Québec yields $2m for scientific research

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will yield CAD 2 million to focus on advanced areas of anti-doping scientific research. Under the terms of the MOU, WADA and the FRQ agree to contribute CAD...

News 15/05/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 15 May 2018

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected a joint appeal by Munir El Haddadi and the Moroccan football association (FRMF) against a 13 March FIFA decision to reject an application to change the FC Barcelona player’s nationality from Spanish to Moroccan. It is understood that FIFA...

News 15/05/2018

Plea bargain alleges four Rio 2016 votes were bought

A plea bargain agreed by Carlos Emanuel Miranda alleges that a bribe paid to former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Lamine Diack secured four votes in favour of Rio’s bid to host the Rio 2016 Olympics, reports Flora de Sao Paolo. Miranda is suspected of managing corrupt...

News 14/05/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 May 2018

• Racing Victoria has confirmed that triamcinolone acetonide has been detected in a blood sample taken from Integrated, a racehorse trained by Logan McGill. The body’s Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RAD) also recently announced three life bans; and bans of four, three and two years for those implicated in...

News 14/05/2018

RusAF disqualifies four athletes who retested positive for turinabol

The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has disqualified four athletes who tested positive for turinabol through the retesting of previous samples. Yelena Slesurenko (Елена Слесаренко), who won high jump gold in the 2004 Athens Olympics, was banned for four years from 4 October 2016, after ‘repeated athletes analysis of samples taken...

News 14/05/2018

Russia’s SKR claim new information refutes Dr. Rodchenkov’s evidence

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (SKR) said it has sent the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) details of doping tests carried out on 14 athletes at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which it alleges shows that their samples took between 30 minutes and two hours to process during...

News 04/05/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 4 May 2018

• The Moldovan Prosecutor’s Office for Fighting Crime and Special Causes (PCCOCS) has investigated ‘a football club based in the capital’ which it suspects of tax fraud, it announced. The PCCOCS said that the clubs accounts indicated that it had made 60 million lei (€3 million) in unofficial payments...

Features 04/05/2018

Sport Resolutions 2018: regulation of integrity issues improving

The broad message from the Sport Resolutions 2018 conference, which took place in London today, was that sport is improving its regulation of mental health, integrity and inclusion. However, delegates heard that further changes need to be made in all three areas in order to safeguard athlete health and...

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