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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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...

04/07/2018

Scientist whose studies were the basis for salbutamol rules says the rules are flawed

A scientist behind studies that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) used to develop its urinary salbutamol concentration limits to indicate prohibited use of salbutamol has told The Times that the rules are flawed and could lead to false positives. Professor Ken Fitch of the University of Western Australia and a member...

04/07/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 4 July 2018

• The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is seeking US$1.2 million from Johan Bruyneel, the former Director of the US Postal cycling team, in a new lawsuit alleging that he defrauding the US government through sponsorship payments that paid his salary whilst the team was doping, reports USA Today....

03/07/2018

Russians sanctioned with two year bans despite one being a second offence

Decisions issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) show that two Russian distance runners who tested positive for the same prohibited substance have been sanctioned with two year bans, despite one case representing a second offence. When samples were taken from Yelizaveta Grechishnikova (Елизавета Гречишникова) and Ksenia...

Features 02/07/2018

Froome case suggests WADA’s salbutamol limits are unenforceable

Chris Froome’s exoneration has highlighted that the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) limits on inhaled salbutamol could be unenforceable. This is because the cyclist’s case has shown that a urine test alone cannot indicate whether an athlete has inhaled salbutamol at above WADA’s permitted limit; and because producing a pharmacokinetic...

29/06/2018

Russia reminds athletes not to work with banned coaches

The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has sent out a reminder to athletes not to work with banned coaches. The reminder lists Viktor Chegin, Vladimir Kazarin, and Dr. Sergey Portugalov as being subject to lifetime bans. It also lists Vladimir Mokhnev, the former coach of athlete and whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova,...

29/06/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 29 June 2018

• The Russian Wrestling Federation has sanctioned wrestler Gadji Gamzatov (Гаджи Гамзатова) with a four year ban for violating its doping rules, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has announced. It is understood that Gamzatov will lose the gold he won in the -92kg category at the 2018 European Freestyle...

28/06/2018

AC Milan appeals to CAS over UEFA ban

AC Milan has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), after the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) sanctioned the Italian club with a one year ban from its competitions for breaches of its Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations (CLFFP). In a statement, the Italian...

26/06/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 26 June 2018

• The deadline for responses to the Tennis Independent Review Panel (TIRP) Report has been extended until 25 July. In April, the TIRP published its Interim Report, which found that restricting the sale of lie data at lower level matches could be key to preserving the integrity of tennis....

26/06/2018

Two Italians banned and six provisionally suspended for doping

Two Italians have been banned and six have been provisionally suspended, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has confirmed. Giulia Cima was sanctioned with a ten year ban for violations of Articles 2.8 and 4.3.2 of Italy’s Norme Sportive Antidoping (NSA), which covers administration or attempted administration of a...

25/06/2018

Questions remain over FIFA action on Russian sample swapping evidence

The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has attempted to dismiss allegations that it knew the sample of a Russian footballer had been swapped 18 months ago, and failed to do anything about it. The Mail on Sunday reported that the Russian Ministry of Sport covered up an adverse analytical finding...

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