2nd August 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 2 August 2017

• England’s Football Association (FA) has confirmed that it will increase the number of anti-doping tests from the 3,250 (approximate) it conducted during the 2016/17 season to over 5,000 for the 2017/18 season. A spokesman for the governing body said that the announcement was made in a recent media briefing to select journalists.

• The Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) has sanctioned Russian athlete Dimitri Kozmin after he tested positive for trimetazidine at the BISFed World Open in Dubai on 23 May 2016. The adverse analytical finding (AAF) was announced by BISFed on 10 July this year. Boccia is a precision ball sport similar to bowls or petanque. Trimetazidine is an anti-angina drug, but also acts as a stimulant. It was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) 2014 Prohibited List.

• The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has sanctioned Manchester United and two of its players for failing to respect the anti-doping procedures during the 24 May Europa League final on 24 May, where United beat AFC Ajax 2-0. In a 31 July statement, UEFA said that United player Phil Jones had used ‘insulting and directing abusive language towards the Doping Control Officer’, and Daley Blind had failed to report to the doping control station as notified. United has been charged €10,000, Jones has been suspended for two games and Blind has been fined €5,000.

• A ruling on whether former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner can be extradited from Trinidad to the United States has been adjourned until September, reports the Jamaica Observer. He is charged with 12 offences dating back to 1990.

• The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has confirmed that it will support a one-year ban issued to Alexandre Nicolau by the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) after the player tested positive for cannabis.

• The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced that the cross-country skiing federation of Russia (FLGR) has sanctioned Irina Urgaytis with a four-year ban from 15 May 2017. No further details were announced, but the sanction was confirmed on the FLGR website.

• An 53 year old Italian cyclist accused of using a hidden motor in an amateur race has denied any wrongdoing, reports Gazetta dello Sport. “They said that inside there was a motor, but they found nothing”, he told the newspaper.

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