14th November 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 November 2017

UK Sport and Sport England have provided written evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee of the UK Parliament, which today spoke to Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch (video below) about concerns raised by athletes about the governance of sport in the UK. The bodies state that they will assess over 1,000 pieces of evidence relating to compliance with the Code for Sports Governance by 17 November, with a view to completing all assessments as to whether sports governing bodies (SGBs) are compliant with the Code by 1 December. UK Sport and Sport England will then notify SGBs about whether they are compliant in mid-December.

• Leading British Gymnasts have refused to sign contracts with British Gymnastics in a dispute over the content of the contract, reports The Guardian. It is understood that almost the entire squad that won a record seven medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics have refused to sign. ‘British Gymnastics is working hard to ensure that all athletes are comfortable with the agreement before signing because we respect their views on matters that directly impact them’, read a statement from British Gymnastics. ‘Whilst we had planned to have the agreements signed before the Artistic World Championships in October, once it was understood that the athletes wanted more time to review the agreement, we naturally agreed to this. To date, over fifty-percent of the athletes have already signed the agreement. No athlete has refused to sign and the consultation process is still on-going.’

• Former Vice Governor of St. Petersburg, Marat Oganesyan (Марат Оганесян) has admitted embezzling 50 million rubles (€723,500) through a fake contract to supply video screens to Krestovsky Stadium, reports Ria Novosti. As reported by The Sports Integrity Initiative, Oganesyan was arrested in November last year. It is understood that management of the case has now been referred back to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (SKR).

Suspicious betting activity placed on a 9 November friendly between Armenia and Belarus has been confirmed by anti match-fixing organisation Federbet, according to industry reports. It is understood that during the game, many bets were placed that there would be more than three goals in the match, which remained at 0-0 until 41 minutes, but finished 4-1 to Armenia.

• The company which owns Leicester City, 2015/16 English Premier League champions, is to face corruption charges in Thailand, reports The Guardian. It is understood that King Power, the company owned by City Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, is accused of having only paid 3% of revenues from its duty-free monopoly at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, rather than the agreed 15%. It is understood that the lawsuit, filed by Charnchai Issarasenarak, the former deputy Chairman of a government anti-corruption subcommittee, concerns a 14bn baht (£327 million) bill.

• The international equestrian federation (FEI) has announced that two horses have returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for ractopamine and a metabolite of opioid-based painkiller tramadol. Ractopamine is a feed additive used to promote leanness in animals reared for their meat, and is banned in most countries. The horses have been provisionally suspended, and details on the cases are available here.

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