14th May 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 May 2018

• Racing Victoria has confirmed that triamcinolone acetonide has been detected in a blood sample taken from Integrated, a racehorse trained by Logan McGill. The body’s Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RAD) also recently announced three life bans; and bans of four, three and two years for those implicated in the Aquanita case, as well as two one year bans. The case began with an investigation into the raceday treatment of Lovani, and grew to encompass over 100 instances of horse doping stretching back seven years. In total, 271 charges were issued against the eight people implicated, including treating horses with alkalising agents – such as sodium bicarbonate – prior to races, a practice known as ‘milkshaking’.

• Russian prosecutors have found that curler Alexander Krushelnitckii did not consume meldonium, President of the Russian Curling Federation Dmitry Svishchev told Russian state news agency TASS. Krushelnitckii and his doubles partner, Anastasia Bryzgalova, were stripped of a bronze medal won at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed his disqualification on 22 February. Krushelnitckii’s sanction has yet to be determined.

• The European Football Leagues has criticised FIFA’s proposal to introduce a re-vamped Club World Cup and a new FIFA Nations League. The Leagues expressed concern at the potential distribution of additional finances to a small group of big clubs, which could further damage the competitive balance of football in domestic competitions. “This process reminds me of the way the ‘old FIFA’ acted, which I thought we had left behind”, said the body’s President, Lars-Christer Olsson, in a statement. “What we have experienced is a clear lack of consultation and transparency, and an intentional manipulation of the decision making structure by FIFA in presenting these proposals. To present a long-term 12 year plan with lots of uncertainty and a lack of information sounds, to me, like a ‘can of worms’.”

• Sport & Recreation South Africa (SRSA) has criticised the International Association of Athletics Association’s (IAAF) Differences of Sex Development (DSD) Regulations as an attack on 800m & 1,500m runner Caster Semenya. In a statement, Minister Xasa said that it views the Regulations as an act designed to target ‘African, Asian and East European athletes, because these categories are outrightly dominated by non-white athletes’. He added that that his view is that the DSD Regulations are ‘both racist and sectionalist, and is designed to ensure that non-white athletes are hindered from excelling in sport’.

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