12th April 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 12 April 2018

• The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has announced that two powerlifters have been sanctioned with four year bans, and a weightlifter has been sanctioned with a two year ban. The agency announced that the Powerlifting Federation of Russia has sanctioned Julia Gubenko (Юлию Губенко) with a four year ban from 23 November 2017; and sanctioned Eugene Ryabchikova (Евгения Рябчикова) with a four year ban from 21 December 2017. RUSADA also announced that the Weightlifting Federation of Russia had sanctioned Violetta Kalugina (Виолетту Калугину) with a two year ban from 23 January 2018.

• Queensland Police have charged a 52 year old Mauritian Commonwealth Games delegate with sexually assaulting a 26 year old woman on 29 March. Police said that the man is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on 17 April.

• South African referee Victor Gomez has reported an approach to fix an African Confederation Cup first leg match between Nigerian club Plateau United and USM Alger of Algeria to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), reports South Africa’s Sunday Times. It is understood that Gomez, his two assistant referees and the fourth official were approached ahead of the match, which took place in Lagos, and were offered US$30,000 to fix the result. The CAF is understood to be investigating.

• In a statement, the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has highlighted that that International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) failed to approve the applications of four race walkers to compete internationally as neutral athletes, despite the IAAF’s approval of applications from nine Russian athletes today. The race walkers who were refused permission to compete internationally as neutrals were Sofia Brodatskaya, Dementii Cheparev, Elvira Hasanova, and Maria Ponomareva. RusAF remains suspended by the IAAF.

• David Sharpe, CEO of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), has said that three Australian athletes were banned from competing in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after returning adverse analytical findings (AAFs) in pre-Games tests, reports 9news. Sharpe did not reveal who the athletes were.

• The South African Football Association (SAFA) has warned that fake agents are swindling parents out of money by promising children contracts with a Premier Soccer League (PSL) club. SAFA said that agents invite children for trials and promise them PSL contracts in exchange for between R2,500 and R4,000 (€170 – €270). SAFA said it is investigating an incident where a boy’s parents paid R3,500 to a fake agent claiming to represent Cape Town’s Stellenbosch FC. Such ‘fake agents’ are also a prolific problem on social media, where they promise young players contracts with overseas clubs in exchange for money to arrange a visa. Once the money is handed over, they often disappear…

• The Association of Spanish footballers (AFE) and the national police force have signed an agreement to combat match-fixing and illegal betting on matches. ‘This agreement sets up a communication mechanism between the General Police Directorate and AFE, in which a fluid exchange of information on the control of markets accepting bets on football is activated’, read a statement. ‘Under this agreement, AFE agrees to report any fact that might constitute an offence relation to to corruption and individual sporting fraud’. In March, police detained over 20 people in an operation designed to dismantle a match-fixing ring involving football clubs and players in Spain’s lower divisions.

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