11th April 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 April 2018

• Samsung has said that it did not engage in any illegal lobbying in order to secure votes for PyeongChang’s bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. ‘Samsung has never engaged in any illegal lobbying to have PyeongChang win the bidding’, read a statement from the electronics giant, reported News24. Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) alleged that Papa Massata Diack, son of former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Lamine Diack, had compiled a list of 27 International Olympic Committee (IOC) Members that were likely to support PyeongChang should Samsung sponsor events in their country. Papa Diack yesterday denied the allegations.

• The South African Football Association (SAFA) has launched MySAFA, a centralised online player registration system designed to combat corruption issues, such as age fraud. SAFA said that historically, players competing in official leagues were registered locally at one of 341 SAFA local football associations (LFAs) or 52 regional SAFA offices, and this decentralised approach had enabled identity theft and age cheating in some leagues. Since MySAFA was soft launched in Eastern Cape in February 2017, over 83,000 players have been registered, and half a million registrations are expected by the end of 2018.

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal by Munir El Haddadi and the Moroccan football association (FRMF) against a 13 March FIFA decision to reject an application to change the FC Barcelona player’s nationality from Spanish to Moroccan. It is understood that FIFA rejected the application because the 22 year old took the field in the 77th minute as a substitute during Spain’s UEFA European Championship qualifier in September 2014 against FYR Macedonia. The CAS said that that the FRMF and the player have asked the case to be resolved by mid-May, so that El Haddadi’s nationality is resolved before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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