13th July 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 13 July 2017

• Rio 2016 50km race walk champion Matej Tóth plans to prove that he is not guilty of doping, after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) notified him of irregularities in his Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) last weekend. ‘The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) can confirm that Mr. Matej Tóth is currently provisionally suspended pending the outcome of his case based on the Athlete Biological Passport’, read an AIU emailed statement. “It is very important to me to prove my innocence”, said Tóth in an interview with Sport24. “I’m not aware of any violations. I believe in sporting justice and that we will easily prove that variations in the biological passport arose naturally”.

• Italy’s National Anti-doping Tribunal (TNA) has extended a provisional suspension issued to Federica Moroni, a marathon runner suspended after reporting an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for clostebol in May. Moroni claimed that the AAF was due to a cream used to treat a wound to her foot. The TNA has also extended a provisional suspension issued to cross-country cyclist Vincenzo Della Rocca.

• The Bobsleigh Federation of Russia has sanctioned Dmitry Piskunov with a four-year ban and Nadezhda Paleeva with a two-year ban from 29 June 2017, announced the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). Paleeva competed in the two-woman bobsleigh event at the Sochi 2014 Olympics, where they finished 16th.

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