19th March 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 19 March 2018

• The National Anti-Doping Agency of India (NADA India) has issued four years bans to hurdlers Jithin Paul and D. Sreekanth, as well as discus thrower Prashant Malik. NADA India has also provisionally suspended Mr. Akash, who is understood to be a trainee at the Sports Authority of India involved with hockey, as well as two athletes competing at the All India Police Athletics Championship 2017. NADA India said it had conducted 729 doping tests at 13 sporting events during March.

• Russia’s Committee for Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Policy has held a meeting with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to discuss ‘improvements in Russian legislation in the field of anti-doping’, read a RUSADA statement. Also present at the meeting was the Russian Curling Federation (FCR), which has agreed to implement an anti-doping educational certificate that all curlers, coaches and medical personnel must complete before being able to participate in the 2018 Russian curling championships. Russian curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii was sanctioned with an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.

• The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will host the first Global Athlete Forum in Calgary, Alberta, from 3-5 June. The Forum will involve 150 athlete leaders and will discuss developments in anti-doping, as well as athlete rights.

• RUSADA has sanctioned road cyclist Sergey Kiselev (Киселева Сергея) with a four year ban, it announced on 14 March. RUSADA remains suspended by WADA, however the testing of Russian athletes is being supervised by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).

• Sports psychologist Steven Ungerleider has filed a defamation lawsuit against Angela Ruggiero, who represented athletes on the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), reports the Boston Globe. It is understood that Ungerleider alleges that Ruggiero tried to silence him and discredit his attempts to address a sexual abuse crisis in Olympic sport, including gymnastics.

• The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is considering banning all 36 referees and judges who officiated at the Rio 2016 Olympics, reports the Irish Independent. Last month, the IOC maintained the suspension of AIBA, stating that it was ‘not satisfied’ with the conclusions of an AIBA investigation into refereeing and judging at Rio 2016, which found that there had been no ‘direct influence on results in Rio’.

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