Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has suspended Mohd Hafifi Mansor, the Malaysian weightlifter who took gold in the 69kg category at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, after he returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for oxymetholone. The oral anabolic steroid is prohibited under section S1.1 of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List.
• England’s Rugby Football League (RFL) confirmed that it received notification from UK Anti-Doping that Zak Hardaker returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a prohibited substance after a Super 8s game between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos on 8 September. “I would like to make it clear that in no way did I, or would I, ever take a substance with the intention of enhancing my performance”, said Hardaker in a statement.
• A former Premier League player now working as a football agent is at the centre of a Swedish match-fixing investigation, reports The Times. The newspaper reports that the suspect has been voluntarily interviewed as part of police investigations after the Swedish football association (SvFF) was forced to postpone a match between Gothenburg and AIK in May, after a player was approached by a match fixer. It is understood that the former Premier League player denies all involvement.
• The International Boxing Association (AIBA) suspended its President, Ching-Kuo Wu on Monday, as part of an ongoing row over control of the organisation. ‘The DC received a Brief of Complaint on October 1 from eleven members of the AIBA Executive Committee alleging that AIBA President Wu has violated and continues to violate various provisions of AIBA’s Statutes and Codes‘, read a 10 October statement. ‘The Complaint requests provisional and immediate suspension of his rights as President of AIBA as he continuously exercises such rights to dismiss and appoint key individuals in AIBA in order to block any statutory right of the EC and of others’. Wu plans to appeal the suspension through the Swiss courts, reports InsideTheGames.
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