14th September 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 September 2017

Miguel Maduro, former Chair of FIFA’s Governance Committee, has said that FIFA President Gianni Infantino tried to influence a decision on whether to block Russian Vice President, Vitaly Mutko, from the FIFA Council due to concerns about its impact on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Maduro also told the Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Committee of the UK Parliament that FIFA’s General Secretary, Fatma Samoura, had told him to “find a solution or the presidency would be in question and the World Cup would be a disaster”. The full oral evidence given to the CMS Committee is available here. Samoura also wrote to inform the CMS Committee that the FIFA Code of Ethics and Swiss law prevented Cornel Borbély, former Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, from giving evidence to the CMS Committee. Borbély said that a May 2015 decision not to nominate himself and Hans-Joachim Eckert for re-election at this year’s FIFA Congress may have been politically motivated.

• Following its first two-day meeting in Frankfurt, the International Weightlifting Federation’s (IWF) Clean Sport Commission is to present a report to the IWF Executive Board, which will meet in Bucharest from 30 September to 1 October. In June, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) tasked the IWF with producing a report detailing how it planned to address doping by December, otherwise it would risk exclusion from the 2024 Olympics. On 5 April, weightlifting accounted for almost half of the adverse analytical findings (AAFs) reported from the IOC’s retests of samples taken at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games (49 of 109).

Jon Jones has been stripped of his Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) title, after the California State Athletic Commission overturned the result of a 29 July bout against Daniel Cormier due to an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), revealed the UFC in a statement. The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notified the UFC of Jones’ adverse analytical finding (AAF) On 22 August.

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