Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has confirmed that the final Independent Person (IP) Report compiled by Richard McLaren will be published via a press conference at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London on 9 December, from 10am until 12:15pm. The report will be published a day after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meeting in Lausanne. It is understood that McLaren has refused to share his findings with the IOC until the final report is published, and the IOC is frustrated that its own investigations must wait for his conclusions. Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission, Guy Canivet, is chairing a Commission designed to follow up on any further findings of systemic doping in the final instalment of the IP Report. The third part of McLaren’s mandate – expected to be addressed in his report – was ‘to identify any further athletes that might have benefited from such manipulation to conceal positive doping tests’. The IOC has appointed a separate committee chaired by Denis Oswald, head of its Disciplinary Commission, to follow up on this aspect of the report. McLaren was originally appointed by WADA to investigate allegations made by Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov that the Sochi 2014 laboratory was corrupt. His mandate was extended on 24 July to allow him to complete the identification of any athletes that may have benefitted from the concealment of positive doping tests.
• The Fancy Bears Hack Team (HT) has claimed to have accessed ‘thousands’ of confidential World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) documents, which it is ‘ready to share with journalists standing for clean sport’. The Sports Integrity Initiative is waiting to receive such documents from the group, which has published a number of confidential documents gleaned by obtaining the password to an Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) account set up for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. At this weekend’s Foundation Board meeting in Glasgow, WADA claimed that 228 therapeutic use exemption (TUE) certificates from 127 athletes were accessed by Fancy Bears. However, it said most of them had expired and 18 had been “fabricated”, so only 32 were valid during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
• The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) has confirmed that the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) has issued a two-year ban to Louisa De Jongh, after she tested positive for Phentermine, a stimulant. ‘On December 8, 2015, the swimmer Louisa De Jongh (RSA) was tested positive to the prohibited substance Phentermine (Class S.6 Non-Specified Stimulants) following an in-competition doping control test conducted on the occasion of the Western Province Aquatics Championships held in South Africa’, read a FINA statement. ‘The Judicial Committee of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport imposed a sanction of two (2) years’ ineligibility on the athlete starting on March 3, 2016’.
• England’s Football Association (FA) has published the written reasons behind its decision to ban former Frome Town manager Nick Bunyard until 2019 for breaching its betting rules. The decision reveals that Bunyard placed 97 bets with a net profit of £2,612, of which 73 involved Frome Town or Paulton Rovers and 45 of which involved betting that teams he was managing at the time would lose. Frome Town has been critical of this statement, arguing that Bunyard only bet on Frome Town to lose eight times.
• The Educator football association has said that it is considering whether to take legal action against three former officials who were convicted for diverting $6.12 million sent by the Latin American football confederation, CONMEBOL. ‘The Ecuadorian Football Federation, as affected, reserves the right to exercise the corresponding legal actions against those responsible for this conduct, for which, certified copies of all documentation held by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Tribunal will be requested’, read a statement. The convicted included the Ecuador FA’s former President, Luis Chiriboga, its former Treasurer Hugo Mora and a former accountant, Pedro Vera.
• The South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) has said that the suspension of the Doha laboratory, announced by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 15 November, will not compromise doping analyses in South Africa. SAIDS has been sending all doping samples to Doha for analysis, after the South African laboratory in Bloemfontein had its accreditation suspended in May. ‘In August 2016, the Bloemfontein laboratory’s accreditation for testing blood samples was reinstated’, read the SAIDS statement, which said that other laboratories would be used. ‘The laboratory has yet to complete the re-accreditation process for analysing urine samples from sport. It is anticipated this process will be completed within the first half of 2017.’
• Former Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe football association (ZIFA), Henrietta Rushwaya, has been cleared of match-fixing changes along with former board member Edzai Kasinauyo, reports the Zimbabwe Herald. Rushwaya has already been banned for life by ZIFA for alleged involvement in match-fixing in 2012.
• The National Football League (NFL) has suspended Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman for four games, after he was judged to have violated the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. In a post on Twitter (below), Freeman said that the suspension was due to prescription medication.
— Jerrell Freeman (@JerrellFreeman) November 21, 2016