News 12th September 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 12 September 2018

• Ghana Football Association (GFA) officials blocked four players from conducting anti-doping tests after the national team’s 1-0 loss to Kenya in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying match on 8 September, reports The Standard. The Kenyan newspaper reports that the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) was asked to test four players from each team, and has reported the incident to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). It is understood that Ghanaian officials instructed players not to take the tests as they had not been given advance notice, which ADAK argued is the purpose of unannounced testing.

• The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) announced that its President, Vito Ippolito, has summoned Moto2 rider Romano Fenati to its headquarters in Switzerland. Fenati has already been penalised with a two race ban after grabbing the brake of a rival rider (video below) during the San Marino Moto2 Grand Prix race on Sunday 9 September. Fanati has already apologised to ‘the entire sports world’ in a statement, and has been sacked by his Marinelli Snipers team, reports Sky News. ‘The FIM has decided to summon the Rider to FIM HQ (Switzerland) in order to discuss the situation with him before taking any action the FIM may consider appropriate’, read the FIM’s statement.

• German bowler Laura Beuthner has lost a gold medal she took in the women’s singles at The World Games 2017 in Wrocław, Poland, due to being sanctioned with a reprimand due to a positive test for Hydrochlorothiazide, a prohibited diuretic. ‘Following a thorough study of the case and the evidence put forward by the athlete, the World Bowling Anti-doping panel conclude that in accordance with article 10.5.1.1. of the World Bowing anti-doping rules, that there was no intention to dope or significant fault on behalf of the athlete’, read a statement from World Bowling. ‘Therefore Ms Beuthner will receive a reprimand and no further period of ineligibility will be imposed for this Anti-doping rule violation’.

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