11th June 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 June 2018

• Iran’s national anti-doping agency (IRAN NADO) has sanctioned three athletes with four year bans and one athlete with a six month ban. Weightlifter Milad Rezaei (میلاد رضایی) was sanctioned with a four year ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for methandienone; Sprinter Ali Arzhang Nezhad (علی ارژنگ نژاد) and wrestler Ahmad Mirzapour (احمد میرزاپور) were sanctioned with four year bans after returning AAFs for stanozolol; and Emad Salmani (عماد سلمانی), a basketball player with Iran’s Azad team, has been sanctioned with a six month ban after returning an AAF for methylhexanamine.

• The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has convened an Extraordinary Congress on 30 September 2018 in Egypt to replace Kwesi Nyantakye as First Vice President of the CAF. ‘The Executive Committee took note of his resignation from the FIFA Council and CAF’, read a statement. Nyantakye resigned as President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Friday, after being implicated in corruption allegations.

• The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sanctioned Abhishenk Gupta of the Punjab Cricket Association with an eight month ban, after a prescribed cough syrup resulted in an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for terbutaline. ‘Dr Middha diagnosed Mr Gupta with a cough and fever and gave him a prescription (a copy of which has been provided as part of his evidence to the BCCI) for i) Augmenting tablets; ii) Clariwin tablets; iii) Dolo tablets; and iv) Brozedex/Blukof syrup’, reads a copy of the full decision (PDF below). ‘The Blukof syrup lists ‘Terbutaline Sulphate’ as one of its ingredients’.

‘The Line: Where Medicine and Sport Collide’, a book written by Dr. Richard Freeman, former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor, is to be published on 26 June. ‘Dr Freeman gives a frank and open account in response to allegations of misuse of medical treatment to enhance performance’, reads a description of the book from its publishers.

• Two triathletes have been provisionally suspended after returning adverse analytical findings (AAFs) at the Milano Deejay Tri Olimpico on 19 May, confirmed Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia). Daniela Locarno returned an AAF for clenbuterol and recombinant erythropoietin (EPO); and Francesca Invernizzi returned an AAF for metabolites of clostebol.

• Stakeholders in British Horseracing have agreed to form a Racing Authority, which will be responsible for distributing the Horserace Betting Levy from April 2019. Responsibility for collecting the Levy – which is used to fund horseracing – will fall to Great Britain’s Gambling Commission in April 2019, when the government will abolish the current Horserace Betting Levy Board.  

• The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) are organising an international conference, ‘The Future of clean sport: current issues, challenges, solutions’, on 28 September in Moscow. For details, click here.

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