10th May 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 10 May 2017

• Former Chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, Cornel Borbély, has said that a decision not to nominate himself and Hans-Joachim Eckert for re-election at tomorrow’s FIFA Congress may be politically motivated. ‘The impending and clearly politically motivated non-reappointment puts de facto an end to the reform efforts’, said the two in a statement issued yesterday, after they found out from the media that their mandate would not be renewed. ‘This will inevitably lead to a renewed loss of trust and further hurt the already tarnished image of FIFA’. At a hastily-convened press conference this morning, Borbély said that his committee were looking into “several hundred” cases of potential corruption, some involving senior officials, reported Reuters. It also emerged that Bahrain has banned a German journalist from entering the kingdom to cover the Congress, after he made allegations against FIFA Council member Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, who is also a member of Bahrain’s royal family.

• The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has said that during the 2015/16 season, it made €2.75 million from the €1.93 billion (1.42%) in revenue it generated from the Champions League available to its 55 member associations for social responsibility projects. UEFA has produced a report that explains how UEFA has integrated social responsibility into its business practices.

• Iranian cyclist Rahim Emami has been sanctioned with a seven-year, six month ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for an anabolic steroid, the Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI) latest list of anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) has confirmed. The UCI suspended Emami’s Continental Team Pishgaman Cycling for 30 days until 6 April last month due to a violation of Article 7.12.1 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR), which allows the UCI to suspend a team if two or more members of a cycling team receive notice of an adverse analytical finding (AAF) in a 12-month period. Pishgaman’s Naser Rezavi was sanctioned with a four-year ban after returning an AAF on 11 December 2015, and Emami reported his AAF on 18 October 2016. Over the past year, a number of sporting organisations have been targeted by a hacking group using the monicker ‘Fancy Bears‘.

Austria’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has reported a 3.3% decline in testing over 2016, however said that the quality of testing had improved due to being able to pursue non-analytical investigations in cooperation with the police. NADA also said that the past year had illustrated that reform of the international anti-doping system is needed. “In order to prevent such an uncoordinated approach in the future, a reform of the anti-doping system is needed”, said NADA Managing Director Michael Cepic in a statement. “For example, doping control programs and anti-doping procedures must be carried out independently of international sports federations”.

• Jamaica’s Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) is reportedly to withdraw an appeal against a one-year ban imposed on cricketer Andre Russell for three whereabouts filings failures during a year, which constitutes an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) under the World Anti-Doping Code. “WADA has the right to take the matter elsewhere”, JADCO Chairman Alexander Williams told Reuters at a media conference in Kingston. “That is up to them”. JADCO had sought to increase the ban, issued in February, to two years.

India is considering new legislation to criminalise doping, reports the Times of India.

Athletics Kenya has said that another ‘high profile’ athlete has failed a doping test. “There is another high-profile athlete who has also failed a doping test but we have to wait for legal procedures to be followed”, Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei told Reuters. “Obviously we cannot say who the athlete is”.

• The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has created a new 13-member Digital and Technology Commission, which will be in charge of cyber security. ‘The Commission will make recommendations on the IOC’s strategy for information security, including cyber-security, and will ensure that the IOC has an appropriate strategy for the effective, secure and sustainable use of technology to support the delivery of the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games’, read a 25 April statement.

• The Dutch gambling regulatory authority, Kansspelautoriteit, has signed an agreement to share information on suspicious sports betting activity with the IOC’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS). Partners in IBIS agree to pass on all relevant information about suspicious betting patterns in sport to the relevant international federations.

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