News 13th February 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 13 February 2017

• The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) said the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has not approved the applications of three Russian athletes to compete as neutral athletes at the World Indoor Championships, which will be held from 1-4 March in Birmingham. Applications from Artyom Primak (triple jump), Timur Morgunov (pole vault), and Konstantin Shabanov were refused, as the athletes had not been part of a Registered Testing Pool (RTP) for more than 12 months, an IAAF conditions for Russian athletes seeking to participate as neutral athletes.

• The Taekwondo Association of Serbia has sanctioned Milica Janićijević with an eight month ban, after she tested positive for furosemide at the Serbian Cup on 30 September last year. The Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS) reported that had used furosemide for medical treatment, but she did not hold a valid therapeutic use exemption (TUE).

• The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has confirmed that two players are under investigation for alleged match-fixing, reports the New Straits Times. The names of the two players have not been announced, but they have been suspended from all competitions.

• The International Cricket Council (ICC) has found no evidence that any cricket matches or players have been corrupted by two bookmakers who told The Sun that they could fix an Ashes test in December last year. “We have carried out an extensive global investigation with anti-corruption colleagues from Member countries based on the allegations in The Sun and the material they shared with us”, said Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Anti-Corruption in a statement. “I am satisfied that there is no evidence to suggest any match has been corrupted by the individuals in the investigation nor is there any indication that any international players, administrators or coaches have been in contact with the alleged fixers”.

• The European Handball Federation (EHF) has extended its partnership with Sportradar to include integrity monitoring. Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System will be employed to safeguard a range of EHF competitions.

• A governmental inquiry into allegations of poor governance and financial mismanagement at the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) began yesterday. The Inquiry will be led by retired Judge Ralph Zulman, who will be assisted by Dr. Ali Bacher and Ms. Shamima Gaibie. It is understood that the inquiry will publish its findings in April.

• In an interview (video below) with CBS 60 Minutes, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov has alleged that over 20 countries are doping their athletes. He also outlines that of five of the 13 gold medals won by Russia at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics were won by athletes in skiing, bobsled, skeleton and biathlon who were using prohibited substances.

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