14th June 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 17 June 2018

• Slovenian footballer Amedej Vetrih has been sanctioned with a six month ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for higenamine, the Slovenian anti-doping agency (SLOADO) reports. Vetrih, who plays for Slovenian club NK Domžale, tested positive on 14 April, and successfully argued that his AAF was due to the Max Out dietary supplement manufactured by iForce Nutrition, which does not appear to list higemanine in its ingredients. His suspension begins on 25 May, the date on which he accepted his suspension.

• The High Court of Ghana has approved government plans to dissolve the Ghana football association (GFA), reports The Statesman. The Ghanaian government announced plans to dissolve the GFA after its President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, and other officials were accused of accepting corrupt payments. The GFA had been attempting to negotiate a solution with the government, which is reported to have appointed businessman Dr. Kofi Amoah to oversee a five-man commission to oversee the administration of football in Ghana. As reported by The Sports Integrity Initiative, Article 17 of the FIFA Statutes requires each member association to manage its affairs independently, and has previously been used by FIFA in situations where governments have attempted to intervene in the management of national associations.

• A 11-12 June meeting between the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) in Oslo focussed on the revocation of the Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) status granted to five Russian race walkers ahead of May’s IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China. “For a long time, about 40 minutes, we discussed the situation that has occurred with [Viktor] Chegin”, said RusAF President Dmitry Shlyakhtin in a statement, referring to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) discovery that the five race walkers had worked with the banned race walking coach. The IAAF Council is to meet on 25-26 July in Argentina, were the reinstatement of RusAF will be debated.

• 21 people have been arrested as part of a police operation against match-fixing in Spain, reports El Pais. It is understood that the arrests are part of a continuation of the Pizzaro operation by the Specialised and Violent Crime Unit (UDEV) of the Policía Nacional, which resulted in the arrest of 20 people in February. The latest arrests involve matches in Spain’s third tier and the First Division of its Women’s League.

• Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has provisionally suspended ex-cycling professional Gianluca Tonetti, after he returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for triamcinolone at the ‘Campionato Italiano Individuale Km 100 Assoluto e Master’, held in Seregno on 15 April. Tonetti, 51, has recently been competing in distance running races, and completed the 100km in 7:05:25.

• The Oman Football Association is to investigate allegations of match-fixing, after the Chairman of a club accused five players from two top clubs of teaming up to alter the result of a match, reports Muscat Daily.

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