Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has appointed a ‘high-level task force’ that will ‘recommend the different measures and initiatives to accomplish the due goals’, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) asked it to produce a report into how it plans to address doping. The IWF said that it was ‘shocked by the result of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games reanalysis’, under which 49 of 109 adverse analytical findings (AAFs) were from weightlifters. Earlier this week, the IOC threatened the IWF with expulsion from the 2024 Olympics unless it produces the report by December.
• Read Mardid’s Luka Modric has been vilified in his home country of Croatia, after changing his testimony in the trial of Zdravko Mamic, former Chief Executive of Dynamo Zagreb. It is understood that Mamic has been charged with embezzlement and tax fraud, as well as keeping a large chunk of the fee for Modric’s 2008 transfer to Tottenham Hotspur. Modric had initially testified that a contract specifying that the £21 million fee would be shared between the club and the player was drawn up after he was sold, however he reportedly denied in court earlier this week, reports The Independent.
• Former United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has been proposed as the new Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission by the IOC Executive Board, it was announced on 14 June. Ki-Moon would replace Youssoupha Ndiaye, who is standing down. The proposal will be put to vote before the full membership of the IOC at the 130th IOC Session in Peru from 30 September.
• The Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency (ALAD) confirmed that Emmanuel Françoise of CS Fola Esch returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) after the club’s game against F91 Dudelange on 14 May. ALAD said that Françoise has been informed and all other samples taken at the match were negative.
• Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer, the 2014 Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles champion, has been cleared of an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) by an independent disciplinary panel, reports Reuters. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) had attempted to charge her with evading a test, however the panel ruled that she had not been notified under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules that she was required for testing.
• Twelve Indian athletes have been provisionally issued with four-year bans by the Indian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), reports The Hindu. It is understood that the athletes were provisionally suspended between 1 September and 13 December last year.
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