News 15th November 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 15 November 2016

• The Australian Football League (AFL) has suspended Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants player Lachie Whitfield for six months and two officials for a year for their involvement in concealing Whitfield’s use of illicit drugs from testing officials. “The AFL acted under its Rules on this matter as there was no suggestion regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs”, said AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan in a statement. “However, the actions of each party required action to be taken. All parties accepted they had breached the AFL Rules and the AFL took into account the genuine remorse showed by each of the parties when determining the penalties to be imposed.”

• The French Swimming Federation has sanctioned Hugo Fontani with a two-year ban, after the water-polo player tested positive for tuaminoheptane on 4 July 2016, announced the international swimming federation (FINA). Fontani was tested during the French ProA Championships, and his two-year ban will run from 28 October 2016.

• The Brazilian basketball association (CBB) plans to appeal against an international basketball federation (FIBA) decision to suspend its membership for ‘not fully complying with its obligations’ as a member federation under FIBA’s General Statutes. ‘At the beginning of November, FIBA sent José Luis Saez [FIBA board member] to Brazil who, during a meeting with the CBB and at other meetings did not address the possible suspension of the Brazilian association’, read a CBB statement, which said that it would address all the concerns raised by FIBA next week. ‘The CBB will seek the formal and legal means to preserve Brazilian basketball’.

• A young New Zealand rugby player has escaped a four-year ban after buying bottles of clenbuterol on the internet to assist with weight loss. ‘DFSNZ began an investigation after the then-teenage player purchased three 20ml bottles of Clenbuterol through the Internet’, read a statement confirming a two-year ban. ‘The Judiciary accepted Mr Jowsey’s evidence that he purchased and used the prohibited substance for weight loss and that he did not realise it was prohibited in sport’. The full decision is available here.

George Sullivan of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been issued with a one-year ban after declaring use of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) on his sample collection paperwork. ‘Sullivan, 35, declared the use of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) on his sample collection paperwork when describing his use of a deer antler velvet product during an out-of-competition test conducted on July 13’, announced the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

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