18th June 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 18 June 2018

• A footballer, rugby union and basketball player have been sanctioned for doping offences, reports Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia). Tiziano Andrei, who plays for Serie C club Carrarese Calico, has been sanctioned with a two year ban; Nicola Breglia, who plays for Rugby Viadana 1970 in Italy’s National Championship of Excellence, was sanctioned with a five month ban after testing positive for THC (cannabis); and Gabriele Mirone, who plays for Serie basketball club Action Now Monopoli, was sanctioned with a five month ban.

• India’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA India) sanctioned five athletes for doping in May 2018, provisionally suspended one athlete and exonerated another, its newsletter (PDF below) reveals. Distance runner Dinesh Kumar, Boxers Pradeep Kumar and Pradeep Verma, powerlifter Pallavi A. Lohar, and handball player Darshan Bura were all sanctioned with four year bans. Tushar Ghorpade (taekwondo) was provisionally suspended on 11 May after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) at the All India Police Championships, and Powerlifter Mr. Neeraj was exonerated in a hearing on 4 May.

Anthony Imbeault of the Shawinigan Cataractes Canadian Hockey League team has been suspended for eight games after testing positive for anabolic agents, reports the Montreal Gazette. The newspaper reports that Imbeault ingested the prohibited substance whilst trying to manage a weight problem caused in part by a dysfunctional thyroid gland.

• The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has settled a lawsuit alleging that the organisation was responsible for brain injuries that resulted in the death of Greg Ploetz in January 2017, reports ESPN. Ploetz’s wife was understood to be seeking over US$1 million in damages. The NCAA, which settled the case on the third day of trial, is understood not to have admitted liability for the January 2017 death of Ploetz.

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed an application from KS Skënderbeu to stay its disqualification from UEFA club competitions for a ten year period. The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Board of UEFA found the Albanian club guilty of match-fixing on 29 March.

• The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has released a list of who voted for which bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The tournament will be hosted in Canada, Mexico and the United States, after the United Bid won 67% of the 200 valid votes.

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