13th November 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 13 November 2017

• 20-year old swimmer Sebastian Steffan has been sanctioned with a one year ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for heptaminol at the Austrian national championships on 16 June, where he took four gold medals. His ban will run from 3 November, announced the Austrian anti-doping rights commission (OADR). An Austrian swimming association (OSV) statement said that Steffan’s national championship results would be annulled. Heptaminol is a prohibited stimulant sometimes used to treat low blood pressure.

• The UK’s Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch, is to be questioned by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee of the UK Parliament tomorrow, as part of its ongoing inquiry into the governance of sport. Crouch will be questioned ‘on her response to the issues raised in evidence sessions with British Cycling, the FA and figures from the world of Paralympics’, read a statement. ‘MPs will use the session to highlight the general lack of grievance procedures and whistleblowing mechanisms for both athletes and staff across various sports’. Televised proceedings will be available from 10:30am.

• Italian weightlifter Sara Fallaha has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for stanozolol and methyltestosterone metabolites, reports Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia).

Iuniarra Sipaia has returned an AAF for triamcinolone acetonide, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has announced. The Samoan has been provisionally suspended.

• The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reiterated that India’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA India) does not have the jurisdiction to test cricketers in an 8 November letter. The BCCI has also clarified that it does not accept the jurisdiction of NADA India in a letter sent to the government. The letters were also copied to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which last week threatened to revoke NADA India’s compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code unless the BCCI complies.

• Russian weightlifter Ruslan Albegov has been charged with use or attempted use of a prohibited substance, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) confirmed. Albegov, who took bronze in the +105kg category at the London 2012 Olympics, has been provisionally suspended, the IWF announced.

Française de Jeux has launched ParionsSport, a new platform designed to offer odds on international eSports tournaments. The State-owned gambling operator said that over one million people regularly watch eSports in France.

Lutz Michael Fröhlich has replaced Hellmut Krug as head of the German football association’s video assistant referee project, after concerns were raised about a number of decisions. “In recent weeks, there has been confusion over the roles and objectives of the project”, said Ronny Zimmermann, the DFB’s Vice President of Refereeing in a statement. “We believe in the project and should not forget that in many areas, it has been quite successful. However, we are aware of our responsibility and the need to optimise the project.”

• Three members of the Korean eSports Association (KeSPA) have been arrested on allegations of embezzlement, reports Yonhap News. Prosecutors allege that 300 million won (€231,000) may have been misappropriated.

• An independent adjudicator has dismissed Sharjeel Khan’s appeal against his five year ban for match-fixing, reports the Times of India. It is understood that the adjudicator also dismissed the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) appeal for a longer sentence. Khan was sanctioned by the PCB at the end of August, after being charged with match-fixing in February. The PCB found that an international syndicate had attempted to corrupt the opening game of the 2017 Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai.

• The international equestrian federation (FEI) has suspended dressage judge Leif Törnblad after ‘comments made by him to media about current trainers and athletes, which called his neutrality into question’. Törnblad has been temporarily suspended until 31 December 2017.

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