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 08/11/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 8 November 2017

• Jeremy Kerley of the New York Jets disputes his four game suspension by the National Football League (NFL) after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for turinabol, a steroid. ‘While I did not have enough time prior to the deadline to resolve this case, I fully intend to...

News 07/11/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 7 November 2017

• The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has announced that sanctions have been levied against six athletes. As The Sports Integrity Initiative exclusively reported, ADAK sanctioned Rio 2016 Olympics marathon winner Jemima Sumgong with a four year ban on 31 October. In addition ADAK sanctioned Sharon Ndinda Muli with a...

News 07/11/2017

ADAK sanctions Jemima Sumgong with a four year ban

The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has sanctioned Rio 2016 Marathon winner Jemima Sumgong with a four year ban, after she returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for erythropoietin (EPO) on 28 February this year. In the 31 October decision (PDF below), The Kenyan Sports Disputes Tribunal details evidence...

News 06/11/2017

‘Faked’ documents led UKAD to close Kenyan investigation

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) closed its investigation into allegations that three British athletes were supplied with erythropoietin (EPO) by Kenyan doctors in August after finding documents had been faked, reports the Mail on Sunday. UKAD opened an investigation in July 2016, after a Sunday Times and  ARD investigation filmed Kenyan...

News 06/11/2017

FIVB accepts that furosemide AAF was due to contamination

Murilo Endres has been sanctioned with an eight month ban, after the international volleyball federation (FIVB) accepted that his 10 April adverse analytical finding (AAF) for furosemide was caused by a contaminated supplement. It is understood that the Brazilian volleyball player was able to prove that supplements he was...

News 03/11/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 3 November 2017

• China’s Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) announced that three athletes have returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) at the National Games in September, including Hebei Liu Zixuan, who took a silver medal as part of the 800m freestyle relay at the FINA 2017 World Championships. Liu tested positive for diuretic...

News 03/11/2017

Criminalisation of doping may have harmed France’s Rugby World Cup bid

The criminalisation of anti-doping may have resulted in World Rugby marking down France’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, its Evaluation Report revealed. France was given a mark of two for ‘Rugby Services’, one point below the mark given to Ireland and South Africa. World Rugby said...

News 03/11/2017

Korean baseball players sanctioned for doping & use of electronic devices

The Korean Baseball Organisation (KBO) has issued sanctions against a player for doping, and against another player for using an illegal electronic device. The KBO issued a 36-game suspension against Im Seok-jin, after he reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a prohibited substance in August. The Korean Anti-Doping...

Features 02/11/2017

ADAMS & EVES: Jonas Plass & his quest for anti-doping to embrace new technology

At a recent Westminster Forum conference in London, CEO of the World Olympians Association (WOA) Mike Miller was forced to defend his comments suggesting that sport should consider microchipping athletes. Unfortunately, alarmist articles in The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph obliterated any sensible debate about how sport could make...

Features 02/11/2017

Paralympic classification system allegedly open to abuse

Evidence given to a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee hearing at the UK Parliament has alleged that para athletes are deliberately exaggerating their disabilities in order to cheat the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) classification system, but are afraid to speak out through fear of being ostracised. This...

News 01/11/2017

Panel accepts volleyball player’s use of clostebol was unintentional

The second chamber of Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal (TNA) has partly accepted an appeal from Carlos Eduardo Barreto Silva against a two year ban issued in July. The volleyball player’s sanction has been reduced to 15 months, announced Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia). It is understood that Silva...

Features 31/10/2017

WADA 2016 Test Figures P3: Meldonium most common AAF

Meldonium was by far the most common substance to result in an adverse analytical finding (AAF) during 2016, analysis of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) 2016 Anti-Doping Testing Figures Report (PDF below) has revealed. The anti-ischemic drug was added to the Prohibited List in 2016, and resulted in 515...

Features 31/10/2017

How Karl Murray’s case raises questions over anti-doping protocols

New Zealand cyclist Karl Murray disputes an attempt by Drug Free Sport New Zealand’s (DFSNZ) to sanction him for returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for clenbuterol during the Tour of Northland upon his return from a previous ban. Although a 13 October Sports Tribunal of New Zealand decision...

News 30/10/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 30 October 2017

• European 5,000m champion Ilias Fifa and eight other athletes have been released by Spanish police after their arrest due to alleged links to a doping network, reports Reuters. The arrests followed 10 raids at homes in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Mollet, Esplugues, Arenys de Mar, Guadalajara and València....

Features 27/10/2017

WADA 2016 Test Figures P2: Mexico top lab in terms of AAFs

Mexico City’s Laboratory reported the highest proportion of adverse analytical findings (AAFs) as a percentage of the samples it analysed for the second consecutive year, analysis of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) 2016 Anti-Doping Testing Figures Report has shown. The 120 AAFs recorded at the Mexico Laboratory were all...

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