17th July 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 17 July 2017

Athlone Town has hit out at the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), which it has accused of charging two of its players with match-fixing based on evidence which it alleges is inconclusive. ‘The fact Athlone Town AFC itself has been exonerated, has had no charges levied against it and will not face any sanctions such as a points deduction following the investigation, may have been missed by the media’, read a 2,000 word statement‘Such a clarification was totally ignored by the FAI in its press release last weekend. Indeed we have asked the FAI to confirm that the investigation part of the process is at an end. However this is something which they have yet to do […] We would also like to point out that all individual rights guaranteed under the Irish Constitution as well as the European Convention of Human Rights trump anything contained in the Rules of any national or international sporting organisation or precedents set by the Court of Arbitration of Sport.’

• Italy’s National Anti-doping Tribunal (TNA) has sanctioned Serie B footballer Lorenzo Di Livio with a five month ban, said the Italian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADO Italia) in a statement. The 20-year-old product of A.S. Roma’s youth system is currently on loan at Ternana Calcio. In May he tested positive for THC, a constituent of cannabis, reported Football Italia.

• The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has appointed the Russian city of Kazan as host of the 2022 World Swimming Championships (short course). Kazan also hosted the 2015 FINA World Championships, and FINA said it had moved a number of samples out of Russia for analysis, after the Independent Commission appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) began its investigation into allegations of systemic Russian doping.

India’s Sports Ministry is considering drafting legislation designed to legalise sports betting, reports the Indian Express. It is understood that any legislation would take two years to prepare.

• The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has confirmed that it has lifted the suspension of the Sudan FA, which it imposed after a government decree suspended the Sudan FA. ‘This decision has been taken following confirmation by the SFA that Mr Bakri Hassan Salih, Prime Minister of Sudan, has issued a resolution suspending the decree of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice and the SFA Board of Directors with its President, Dr Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim, have been reinstated’, read a FIFA statement.

• The MINEPS VI international governmental conference on physical education and sport has developed a Kazan Action Plan following the conclusion of the conference over the weekend, which includes a commitment to protect the integrity of sport. The plan lists five political goals on the integrity of sport, reports Play The Game. These are combatting doping; combatting match-fixing; good governance; safeguarding athletes, spectators and workers; and protecting children, youth and other vulnerable groups.

• LA Rams receiver Mike Thomas has been suspended for four games for violating the National Football League’s (NFL) policy on performance-enhancing substances, the franchise announced in a statement. Thomas will be available after the LA Rams’ game against Dallas Cowboys on 1 October.

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