Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The fourth part of an ARD television documentary series alleging widespread doping in Russia is set to be released next week, according to its co-creator Hajo Seppelt. The latest episode, entitled ‘Doping – Top Secret: Showdown for Russia’ will air on 8 June, just nine days before the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) hosts its Council Meeting in Vienna on 17 June. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) started its Executive Board meeting today in Lausanne, but it is the IAAF that will determine whether Russian athletes will be able to compete in this year’s Rio Olympics.
• MSV Duisburg player Branimir Bajic has been issued with a warning by the German anti-doping agency (NADA) after using his son’s asthma inhaler, which contained a prohibited substance. ‘On the evening of 13 April and the morning of 14 April, Branimir Bajic used his son’s asthma spray, containing the banned substance salbutamol, without first consulting with the team doctor’, read a German football association (DFB) statement. ‘On 14 April, both the team doctor and the player reported this to NADA’.
• The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has extended the suspensions of Athletics Kenya officials Isaiah Kiplagat, David Okeyo and Joseph Kinyua by 180 days, a leading Kenyan judge told Reuters. The suspension of the former President, Vice President and Treasurer on 30 November last year would otherwise have expired on 28 May.
• The case of Corinthians defender Yago has been postponed until 6 June, after he was provisionally suspended for doping on 10 May, reports Repórter Diário. According to the report, Yago tested positive for betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory steroid, after a 6 March test.
• Peruvian swimmer Mauricio Fiol Villanueva, who was issued with a four-year ban after testing positive for stanozolol at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, has asked the Peruvian government to support an appeal. Fiol told La Republica that he has evidence to prove that he never consumed stanozolol deliberately, but had run out of money after spending US$55,000 on his defence.
• Eddy Merckx, the Belgian cyclist and five-time Tour de France winner, could reportedly face corruption charges after allegedly bribing officers in a Brussels police force. According to Belgian newspaper La Dernière Heure, Merckx is accused of bribing the Commissioner of the Brussels-Midi police force in order to secure a contract to supply 46 bicycles from his former company Eddy Mercks Cycles to police in Anderlecht, Forest and Saint-Gilles.
• Romania’s National Anti Doping Agency (ANAD) has issued a press release reiterating that it is the ‘only institution in Romania responsible for managing the national doping test results’, without clarifying whether it has provisionally suspended any athletes after recent revelations of positive test results for meldonium. Yesterday, the Romanian Olympic Committee (COSR) confirmed that ten canoe and kayak athletes had recently tested positive for the banned substance. However ANAD has said that it is ‘in the process of managing possible anti-doping rule violations’ and that ‘any disclosure of information may be premature and regrettable’.
• Turkish middle-distance runner Gamze Bulut, who won silver at the London 2012 Olympics for the Womens 1500m, will be stripped of her medal, the Turkish newspaper Habertürk reports. Bulut, who The Sports Integrity Initiative reported in March was being investigated for abnormalities in her Athlete Biological Passport (ABP), is reportedly set to be banned from running for two to four years. The IAAF is yet to comment on the outcome of its investigation.