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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SII Focus 26/02/2017

USADA report raises questions about Nike Oregon Project methods

A 269-page report prepared by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has raised further questions about the methods used by Alberto Salazar on US athletes at the Nike Oregon Project, according to an article published in today’s Sunday Times. Salazar coaches a number of high profile athletes, including Great Britain’s...

News 26/02/2017

WADA warned IFs about insufficiency of McLaren Report evidence

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has admitted that the evidence in the Independent Person (IP) reports into systemic Russian doping prepared for it by Richard McLaren may not be sufficient for international federations (IFs) to bring successful cases against athletes for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs). WADA made the admission...

News 24/02/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 24 February 2017

• The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, a division of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives, is to hold a hearing entitled ‘Ways to improve and strengthen the international anti-doping system’ at 10:15am on Tuesday 28 February. The Subcommittee will hear evidence from US...

News 23/02/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 23 February 2017

• Argentinean cyclist Jorge Martín Montenegro has been issued with a one-year sanction after reporting an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for ephedrine last year, his cycling team announced. ‘The club has contacted the rider to hear his version of events, according to which the appearance of the substance within...

News 22/02/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 February

• Oskars Udris has been issued with a two-year ban by the Latvian Swimming Federation following a positive test for meldonium at the Riga swimming championships on 25 November last year. ‘The Swimming Federation of Latvia imposed a sanction of two (2) years’ ineligibility on the athlete starting on...

News 22/02/2017

Gambling Commission & FA investigate #PieGate

Great Britain’s Gambling Commission and England’s Football Association (FA) are investigating if any rules have been broken, after Sutton United FC reserve goalkeeper ate a pie during the club’s 0-2 loss to Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw told ITV’s This Morning...

News 21/02/2017

Decree to bring Spain into compliance with World Anti-Doping Code

Spain’s Council of Ministers has approved a Royal Decree updating the country’s anti-doping law, which is designed to bring Spain back into compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code. ‘With the approval of this standard, Spain is in a position to revert the declaration of non-compliance with the World Anti-Doping...

News 21/02/2017

Cope, Freeman & Sapstead to be questioned by UK Parliament on 1 March

British Cycling’s Simon Cope and Dr. Richard Freeman will be questioned by the Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Committee of the UK Parliament on 1 March, after UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said it had no objections to the pair being questioned despite an ongoing investigation into a pharmaceutical package delivered...

News 20/02/2017

Vitaly Mutko alleged to have silenced Russian doping whistleblower

Russian Deputy Prime Minister and head of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Vitaly Mutko, allegedly ordered Russian discus thrower Darya Pishchalnikova to retract evidence of systemic Russian doping in return for a reduced ban, reports the Mail On Sunday. Pishchalnikova’s evidence (PDF below), submitted to the World Anti-Doping...

News 18/02/2017

Water polo player sanctioned after testing positive for six substances

The Anti-Doping Authority of the Netherlands has sanctioned water polo player Olaf Bakker with a three year, three month sanction after he tested positive for six substances at an in-competition test. ‘On December 10, 2016, the water polo player Olaf Bakker (NED) was tested positive to the prohibited substances...

News 18/02/2017

Whereabouts: Manchester City fined, AFC Bournemouth charged

Premier League club AFC Bournemouth has been charged with failing to update its whereabouts information, less than 24 hours after Manchester City was fined £35,000 by the Football Association for the same offence. ‘It is alleged the club failed to ensure that their ‘Club Whereabouts’ information was accurate, contrary...

News 17/02/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 17 February 2017

• The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has confirmed that doping tests on all members of the Kazakhstan national team have returned negative results. Austrian police conducted the raid following a tip-off by a member of the public, who witnessed a team official dispensing of medical equipment.  ‘Numerous medicinal products and...

News 17/02/2017

RusAF warns athletes implicated in IOC retests to return medals

The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has warned the 19 Russian athletes implicated in the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) retests of samples taken at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games to return 23 medals (including 11 belonging to members of relay teams). ‘RusAF reminds athletes found guilty of...

News 16/02/2017

Lance Armstrong case to go to full trial

A lawsuit alleging that Lance Armstrong defrauded the US government will proceed to full trial, after the US District Court dismissed Armstrong’s claim for summary judgment on Monday. The lawsuit was originally launched in June 2010 by teammate Floyd Landis under the Federal False Claims Act, alleging that by...

News 15/02/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 15 February 2017

• The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has provisionally suspended Nasir Jamshed from all forms of cricket for violating its anti-corruption code. The suspension was announced on Twitter by Najam Sethi, Chairman of the PCB’s Executive Committee and was retweeted by the PCB. The PCB suspended Sharjeel Khan and Khalid...

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