Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Adidas is ending its sponsorship of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) today. In January, the sportswear manufacturer told the IAAF that it would end the deal, which was set to run until 2019, four years early. At that point, the IAAF and Adidas were in talks to salvage the partnership, as reported by The Sports Integrity Initiative, however it appears that those talks have now broken down. ‘The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) thanks Adidas for its long standing support of Athletics and close partnership with the IAAF’, read an emailed statement. ‘While our commercial relationship concludes at the end of 2016, the IAAF is pleased that Adidas remains committed to Athletics. The IAAF will shortly make an announcement of a new Official IAAF Partner in the same category.’
• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed that it will issue its decision regarding former FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter’s appeal against a six-year ban issued by FIFA at 3pm on 5 December. Blatter and former UEFA President, Michel Platini, were initially issued with eight-year bans by FIFA, however this was reduced on appeal. The bans related to a CHF2 million (€1.9 million) payment made in February 2011 by FIFA to Platini and authorised by Blatter for consultancy work carried out by Platini between 1998 and 2002. Platini argued that FIFA couldn’t afford to pay him at the time, and denied any suggestion that FIFA’s settlement of the owed money had anything to do with his decision not to stand against Blatter in a 2011 FIFA Presidential election. The payment also closely followed FIFA’s decision to appoint Russia and Qatar as hosts of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, respectively. Platini has admitted that he changed his vote to Qatar at the last minute.
• WADA has confirmed the composition of its Standing Committees: the Athlete Committee; the Compliance Review Committee; the Finance and Administration Committee; the Education Committee; and the Health, Medical and Research Committee. The composition of the five committees can be viewed by clicking here.