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 04/01/2018

Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya carries out 857 tests in its first year

The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) carried out 857 tests during its first year of operation, its 2016/17 Annual Report (PDF below) reveals. Of that total, 265 comprised in competition tests, and 592 were out of competition tests, resulting in four adverse analytical findings (AAFs). During the year, its...

News 03/01/2018

International Luge Federation decides against sanctioning Russians

The International Luge Federation (FIL) has decided against sanctioning two Sochi 2014 silver medalists Tatyana Ivanova and Albert Demchenko, despite both being banned by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Oswald Commission. On 22 December, the two Russians were found to have committed anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs), were disqualified, and...

News 03/01/2018

Junior rugby player sanctioned with four-year ban

A 20 year old rugby union player has been sanctioned with a four year ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for drostanolone and methylhexaneamine. Craig Hoare tested positive following the Spartans (Gloucester) vs. Old Whitgiftians RFU Junior Vase semi-final on 15 April 2017. Spartans won the game...

News 03/01/2018

Sweden’s biathlon coach considers legal action over PyeongChang ban

Wolfgang Pichler, the German coach of Sweden’s biathlon team, is taking legal advice after finding himself banned from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics due to his involvement with Russian biathletes who have been sanctioned for doping. Pichler coached the Russian biathlon team from 2011 until 2014 – specifically, Jana...

News 28/12/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 28 December 2017

• Portuguese club Rio Ave has expressed its ‘astonishment and indignation’ after television channel SIC reported that four of its players have been charged with match-fixing. ‘As is public knowledge, the Feirense v. Rio Ave game last season was the target of an abnormal number of bets’, the Primeira...

News 28/12/2017

Matej Tóth cleared after AIU decides not to appeal to CAS

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has cleared Rio 2016 50km race walk champion Matej Tóth to return to competition after accepting his explanation regarding an irregularity in his athlete biological passport (ABP). The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the IAAF decided not to appeal a 4 October...

News 28/12/2017

CAS finds Murray coached athletes whilst banned & misled investigators

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld an appeal by Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ), accepting that Karl Murray should be sanctioned with a two year ban for coaching athletes whilst banned and misleading investigators. The decision means that Murray must restart a two year ban...

News 27/12/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 27 December 2017

• Germany’s antitrust authority is considering launching a procedure examining whether Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter constitutes a restriction on competition. The controversial rule prevents athletes participating in the Olympics from allowing their image or performances to be used for advertising from nine days before the Opening Ceremony...

News 27/12/2017

Vitaly Mutko steps down as Russia 2018 Chairman

Vitaly Mutko today stepped down as Chairman of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, after stepping aside as President of the Football Union of Russia (FUR) for six months to concentrate on an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a life ban from the Olympics. Mutko...

News 22/12/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 December 2017

• Professor Jiri Dvorak is the latest FIFA official to confirm that his contract was terminated whilst he was investigating the systemic doping of Russian footballers. Dvorak, FIFA’s former Chief Medical Officer, told The Guardian that he was given no warning when his contract was terminated in November last...

News 22/12/2017

Putin suggests US are manipulating Dr. Rodchenkov

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that US authorities are manipulating Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, former Director of the Moscow Laboratory, into saying what they want. “He is under control of American special services”, said Putin at his annual news conference, reported Russian State news agency TASS. “What are they...

News 21/12/2017

IBSF to appeal decision not to re-impose Russian provisional suspensions

The International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) is to appeal a decision not to re-impose provisional suspensions on Alexandr Zubkov and Aleksandr Tretiakov, after its Doping Hearing Panel ruled that to do so would breach the World Anti-Doping Code and the principles of international law. Unless the Court of...

Features 20/12/2017

Rodchenkov’s affidavit shows how corruption is embedded in Russian sport

Most people haven’t heard of Norilsk. The Russian conurbation of around 200,000 people is the world’s northernmost city, located inside the Arctic Circle in the Krasnoyarsk Krai region of Russia. It is also the coldest. The temperature today was -23ºc during the polar night that envelopes the city from...

News 20/12/2017

Gatlin denies doping as USADA & IAAF investigate Telegraph exposé

Justin Gatlin has denied using performance-enhancing drugs after his coach and an agent offered to provide false prescriptions for prohibited substances to an actor training for a film in a Telegraph exposé. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)...

News 20/12/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 20 December 2017

• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has provisionally suspended six weightlifters, after they returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for various prohibited substances. Thailand’s Suppatra Kaewkhong reported an AAF for testosterone; Venezuela’s Laura Yenireet Peinado Mejias reported an AAF for hydrochlorothiazide; Romania’s Monica Suneta Csengeri reported an AAF for ephedrine;...

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