17th March 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 17 March 2017

• The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) conducted no in competition (IC) tests at all in the third quarter of the fiscal year, which ran from October to December, according to figures published on its internet site. JADCO conducted 427 tests on athletes from April to December last year, encompassing 39 in competition (IC) and 82 out of competition (OOC) blood tests; and 122 IC and 184 OOC urine tests.

• The German Bundestag adopted a law introducing new criminal offences for match-fixing and sport manipulation on 9 March. The new law includes a special power that will allow investigating authorities to monitor telecommunications. A media statement announcing the adoption of the law is available here, and the text of the law is available here.

Jarrod Mullen is to challenge the finding that he has committed an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), after the Newcastle Knights player reported an adverse analytical finding for Drostanolone – an anabolic steroid banned at all times – in January. Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) issued Mullen with notice of an alleged ADRV last week, after his B sample also returned a positive for the same substance. Mullen has elected to have his case heard in front of an anti-doping tribunal, reports SBS.

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has published the reasoning behind its decision to reject Joseph Blatter’s appeal against a decision of the international federation of football associations (FIFA) to ban its former President for six years (reduced from eight years). The CAS Panel described Blatter’s conduct as ‘reckless’ in approving a CHF2 million payment to Michel Platini, a payment that constituted an illegal ‘gift’ under FIFA’s Code of Ethics that was not budgeted for in FIFA’s accounts.

• A Miami jury convicted Florida sports agent Bartolo Hernandez and baseball trainer Julio Estrada of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the US, reports the Boston Globe. Sentencing has been set for 11 July.

• The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Play The Game are organising a public hearing involving 30 European Parliamentarians on how to fight corruption in sport. The hearing will take place on 3 April at Aarhus City Hall, and a draft agenda is available here.

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