News 10th January 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 10 January 2018

Anti-Doping Switzerland has halved a four year ban issued to an amateur athlete for doping, after he helped the organisation catch and convict another athlete for doping. ‘According to the Disciplinary Chamber for Doping Cases, the statement of a key witness is one of the few, rare opportunities to identify those abusing the doping rules, thereby justifying a more lenient ban’, read an Antidoping Switzerland statement. ‘Antidoping Switzerland is granting the witness in question anonymity, and will not include him on the list of suspended athletes. Under the leniency rule, an individual convicted of doping may receive a reduced ban if they assist an anti-doping organisation, a criminal prosecution authority or a disciplinary body in a way that is key in exposing a breach of the doping rules by another athlete.’

Francisco Boza Dibós, former Secretary General of the Peruvian Olympic Committee (COP), has been ordered to pay a Pen25,000 (€6,500) bond within 15 days to avoid imprisonment, reports RPP. The order was made by the Second National Court of Appeals, as part of an investigation into allegations that Dibós asked Martin Belaunde to approve funding for the 2013 Bolivian Games in return for his Antalsis company receiving a contract to redesign the Elias Aguirre Stadium. Belaunde has been jailed for corruption and embezzlement.

• A combined hearing will be held in the week beginning 22 January into appeals filed by 42 Russian athletes against sanctions issued by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Oswald Commission, which banned 43 Russian athletes based on evidence that they had doped at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. A full list of the athletes who have filed appeals is available in this statement from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). It would appear that bobsledder Maxim Belugin is the only athlete not to file an appeal.

• Indian cricketer Yusuf Pathan failed an anti-doping test last season due to taking medication that contained terbutaline, reports The Indian Express. It is understood that Pathan took Brozeet after feeling unwell on the advice of his team doctor (see statement below). His ban will expire on 14 January.

• The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has sanctioned archer James Vennera with a public warning. ‘USADA found that the violation was unintentional and resulted from his use of metoprolol, a prescription medication used under the care of a physician’, read a statement. ‘Vennera, 68, had forthrightly declared use of his medication on his doping control form at the time of sample collection and subsequently obtained a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) authorizing future use of this medication in sport’.

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