News 17th December 2015

Sports Integrity Briefs – 17 Dec. 2015

Juan Ángel Napout (pictured, right) has been extradited to the US, reports the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ). Napout was provisionally suspended by the FIFA Ethics Committee on 4 December, along with fellow FIFA Vice President Alfredo Hawit Banegas, after both were arrested in Switzerland on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and corruption. The FOJ also confirmed that Eduardo Li, former president of the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUT), withdrew his appeal against extradition on 11 December, after being arrested on similar charges.

• The Australian Football League (AFL) has sanctioned Adelaide Crows, Collingwood and Fremantle for failing to provide up to date whereabouts information. Collingwood was fined $7,500 (three players not providing up to date information) and Fremantle was fined $5,000 (two players). In a separate statement, Adelaide Crows said it had been filed $2,500 for the same reason.

• The International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) has issued Maude Mathys with an official warning, after she tested positive for clomifene, a hormonal receptor modulator, on 9 February during the World Championships in Verbier. ‘During the procedure Maude Mathys ascertained that the medication was taken only with regards to having a second child and not with intent to increase athletic performance’, read an ISMF statement. ‘She was given an official warning without suspension and all costs have been attributed to her’. The Swiss Olympic Committee issued Mathys with a reprimand in October, as reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative.

• The Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) is to be audited by the country’s Ministry of Sport over allegations made in El Mundo that officials received commission for improving contracts already agreed with third parties, AFP reports.

• The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has referred Luca Paolini’s case to the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal, it announced yesterday. Paolini reported an adverse analytical finding for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, during a 7 July in-competition test at the Tour de France, according to a 10 July UCI statement. However, Paolini denies having taken cocaine, as reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative in July.

• The Uruguayan anti-doping agency (ONAU) has sanctioned Andrés Silva with a six month ban, according to local reports. Silva returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) on 2 June, and was told that he could not compete at the Beijing 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships. Silva was seventh in the 400m hurdles at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games last month, which took place after the 2 June test. It is understood that Silva was able to demonstrate that his AAF was the result of a vitamin supplement he bought in Puerto Rico.

• Spanish athlete Álvaro Lozano de Pedro has been given a two-year ban by the Spanish agency for the protection of health and sport (AEPSAD). The sanction, announced on this page, expires on 20 August 2017.

• It is reported that the Latin American football confederation (CONMEBOL) has sanctioned Brazil and Shakhtar Donetsk player Frederico (‘Fred’) Santos Rodrigues with a backdated one-year ban, scheduled to expire on 27 June 2016. The CBF denied responsibility for Fred’s positive test for hydrochlorothiazide in August.

• Polish boxer Mariusz Wach tested positive for the steroid stanozolol after his November clash with Russia’s Alexander Povetkin, reports local media.

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