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.

All posts by Andy Brown

04/10/2018

AIU confirms investigation into Kseniya Savina

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has launched an investigation into Russian middle distance runner Kseniya Savina, after evidence emerged alleging that she had competed in international competitions using a friend’s Ukrainian passport. ‘Ksenia Savina is currently under investigation and we are...

04/10/2018

Austrian Basketball star swapped urine with team mate

Austrian basketball star Kevin Payton has ben sanctioned with a three year ban, after making his urine available to a team mate in order to dupe an anti-doping test. ‘During an in-competition control conducted on 18 May 2017 in Wels during the course of an Austrian Basketball Bundesliga match,...

03/10/2018

Mixed message from ECHR on CAS’s independence

Yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a Chamber Judgment dismissing allegations from footballer Adrian Mutu and speed skater Claudia Pechstein that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is not independent. However, the ECHR confirmed that the CAS’s refusal to hold a public hearing in Peschstein’s...

02/10/2018

Giuseppe Rossi receives reprimand & two more sanctioned

Genoa forward Giuseppe Rossi has been sanctioned with a reprimand after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for dorzolamide, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) confirmed. A carbonic anhydrase inhibitor, dorzolamide is listed under section S5 of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List, which refers to diuretics and...

02/10/2018

Russian alleged to have competed internationally using friend’s passport

Russian middle distance runner Kseniya Savina allegedly defied a ban on Russian athletes taking part in international competition eleven times over three years by using a friend’s passport, reports MatchTV. The report alleges that both Savina and another athlete, Galina Syshko, grew up together in Crimea, which was annexed...

01/10/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 1 October 2018

• Professor Xavier Bigard, Medical Director at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), will draft regulations preventing any rider who has used tramadol or corticosteroids from starting a race, confirmed a UCI statement. Research by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found that use of both substances – corticosteroids are prohibited...

01/10/2018

Ferdinand Omanyala & coach banned

Ferdinand Omanyala and his coach have been sanctioned with bans after the Kenyan sprinter returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for the glucocorticoid betamethasone, a sanctioning update from the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) confirms (PDF below). Omanyala has been sanctioned with a 14 month ban, whilst his coach,...

01/10/2018

Swiss Tribunal rejects request to temporarily lift Guerrero doping ban

The Swiss Federal Tribunal has refused a request that a 14-month ban applicable to Paolo Guerrero should be temporarily lifted allowing him to play for Internactional, which signed the Peruvian captain in August. Guerrero tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following a doping control after Peru’s 0-0...

27/09/2018

New allegations of Paralympic classification cheating

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is investigating a British Paralympic medalist due to allegations that they duped the classification system, a BBC investigation into new allegations of cheating in para sport has revealed. Parents, coaches, and athletes told the BBC that some para athletes are continuing to exaggerate disabilities...

26/09/2018

Incredible tale of the downfall of Jérôme Valcke…as revealed by sport’s supreme court

The bosses’ arrogance which had once poisoned FIFA – and maybe other sports governing bodies – is laid bare in a single sentence quoted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the case of Jérôme Valcke. The 57-year-old Frenchman, world football’s number two as FIFA Secretary General from...

26/09/2018

RusAF appeals to CAS over continued IAAF exclusion

The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) 27 July decision not to reinstate its membership. RusAF said that its appeal firstly argues that the decision is invalid, as it fails to outline a...

25/09/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 25 September 2018

• The Powerlifting Federation of Russia has sanctioned one athlete with an eight year ban and another with a four year ban, announced the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). Nina Kondrashev (Кондрашеву Нину) has been sanctioned with an eight year ban from 24 August; and Alexander Avanesyan (Аванесян Александру) has...

24/09/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 24 September 2018

• Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has defended himself against criticism from the agency’s former Director General over how it handled the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). “This looks like they have taken the decision to deviate from a carefully put-together roadmap...

24/09/2018

UN urges IAAF to withdraw DSD Regulations

The Human Rights Special Procedures body of the United Nations has urged the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to withdraw its Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification (Athlete with Differences of Sexual Development) in a letter to IAAF President, Sebastian Coe. The DSD Regulations, as they have become known,...

22/09/2018

WADA states it ‘is much stronger’ as result of Russian doping crisis

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released an extraordinary statement arguing that adaptations WADA had to make to deal with Russian doping have resulted in a stronger Agency. ‘We believe that today, WADA is much stronger and better equipped to pursue its mission as the global independent leader of...

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