18th October 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 18 October 2017

• The Russian government has signed an order designed to implement the obligations required under the Council of Europe’s Convention against the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. A statement from Russia’s Ministry of Sports said that the Convention had been signed over three years ago on 18 September 2014, at the 13th Conference of Ministers Responsible for Sport. Of the 31 countries that have signed the Convention, just three have ratified it – Norway, Portugal and the Ukraine. It has not entered into force in any country.

• The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and ticketing agency THG Sports have agreed to terminate their contract relating to the 2018-2026 Olympic Games, following mediation. ‘OCI accepts that these contracts were enforceable as between the parties and that THG fully intended performing its contractual obligations’, read a statement. ‘Both parties agreed that with THG reducing its business activities in Ireland that this would be the most appropriate course of action in the interests of Irish athletes and the wider Irish public’. On 14 August 2017, a Report by Justice Carroll Moran found that the OCI and THG had colluded to create a new company, Pro10 Sports Management, to become the Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR) for the 2016 Rio Olympics after organisers rejected the OCI/THG application.

• The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has announced that the Russian federation of rowing (FGSR) has sanctioned Natalia Varfolomeeva with a two year ban from 17 August 2017. Varfolomeeva, 30, took bronze at the 2013 Kazan Universiade.

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