Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has sent an official notice of violations to an endocrinologist with the Nike Oregon Project, reports The New York Times. In February, a leaked USADA report alleged that Dr. Jeffrey S. Brown provided medications to athlete who had no medical need for them, under the direction of Alberto Salazar (pictured). Brown denied the allegations at the time, telling the Sunday Times that USADA had created ‘fake news’. Salazar coaches a number of high profile athletes, including Great Britain’s Mo Farah and the US’s Galen Rupp.
• Czech beer Grambinus has decided not to continue its sponsorship of Czech football over concerns that association with alleged corruption will damage its brand. Last week, the Czech football Association (FAČR) announced that its Chairman, Miroslav Pelta, had resigned after reports that he had been arrested by police for mishandling state subsidies. “The cases surrounding top football and the long-term reluctance of the FAČR to take important steps to improve its name are damaging us”, said Marek Dvořák, Marketing Manager of the brewer in a statement. Grambinus will continue its current sponsorship until its expiration at the start of the 2018/19 season.
• Brazilian tennis player Yuri Schwanke de Andrade has been sanctioned with a three years and nine months ban, after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) on 16 April last year for metandienone and clenbuterol. An ITF statement clarified he had been provisionally suspended on 13 June 2016, his ban had been backdated to then and would expire on 12 March 2020, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has decided to end its investigation into 27 Russian fencers named in the Independent Person (IP) Reports compiled by Richard McLaren due to evidence that they had not doped. ‘The Fencing Federation of Russia conducted a thorough investigation of all the facts, evidence and circumstances specified in the Report, and provided the International Fencing Federation with convincing evidence of the non-participation of Russian fencers in the use of doping’, read a statement from the Russian fencing federation (ФФP). ‘In turn, the International Fencing Federation examined the materials received, conducted additional studies and forwarded to WADA the results of its investigation, including justified explanations for each athlete. WADA found the evidence presented exhaustive and decided to terminate the case against the Russian fencers.’
• The China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) last week announced that Qiu Yuhan has completed a nine-month ban, over 12 months after she was banned in May 2016, reports the South China Morning Post. The newspaper said that the freestyle swimmer tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide. Another Chinese swimmer, Xinyi Chen, was sent home from the Rio 2016 Olympics after testing positive for the same substance. There were also delays in announcing a three-month sanction issued to Chinese swimmer Sun Yang. The international swimming federation (FINA) did not confirm the sanction until October 2014, despite the sanction being issued in May.
• Two football clubs from Dhaka have been fined and relegated to the second division, after the Dhaka Metropolis Football League Committee found that they had fixed a game, reports the Daily Star.
• Ariane Moticeli, a professional Brazilian triathlete, has been suspended after an anti-doping test on 10 March indicated use of erythropoietin (EPO), reads a statement republished on Flowsjournal. The athlete appears to have deleted her social media accounts.
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