Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has banned Greek player Konstantinos Miko for life, after he was found guilty of four offences under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). ‘Evidence obtained by a Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) investigation confirmed that in November 2013 he made a corrupt approach to another Greek player, Alexandros Jakupovic, at the Greece F20 Futures tournament in Rethymon’, read a TIU statement. ‘The approach offered payment in return for agreeing to lose nominated sets and games in a match at the event. In addition, Mr Mikos was found to have operated two gambling accounts through which bets were placed on tennis between March 2012 and December 2013.’ Alexandros Jakupovic received a lifetime ban in December 2015.
• The National Football League (NFL) is to appeal against a New York Court decision not to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the family of Art DeCarlo, who was posthumously diagnosed with a serious brain condition, reports Law360. It is understood that the NFL argues that the injuries to DeCarlo, who played for the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Colts from 1953 to 1961, occurred too long ago for the player to seek redress.
• The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has banned track & field athlete, Cliff Nielson for four years and has given a public warning to another, Molly Beckwith-Ludlow. To view the USADA decision regarding Nielson, click here. USADA accepted Beckwith-Ludlow’s explanation that her positive test was due to prescribed fertility medicine.