Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• France’s online gambling regulator, ARJEL, has prohibited licensed operators in France from offering odds on Albanian First Division matches involving KF Skënderbeu. On 13 April, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the Union of European Football Associations’ (UEFA) ban on the club from competing in the 2016/17 Champions League, after the results of over 50 of the club’s games were found to have been manipulated for betting purposes.
• England’s Football Association (FA) has sanctioned Bradley Wood with a six year ban, after finding that the former Lincoln City player deliberately sought to be yellow carded for betting purposes. Wood admitted 22 charges relating to violating a provision on placing bets on games, and one charge or providing information to others for betting purposes. He contested the two charges that he had deliberately sought cautions for betting purposes. However, the ruling (click here to download) found that seven people close to Wood, none of whom had bet on the ‘to be carded’ market before, placed bets on the two games in question, and five of those seven bets involved the maximum allowed stake.
• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has adopted a new Anti-Doping Policy (PDF below). Under Article 12 of the Policy, the IWF will have the right to suspend member federations for up to four years for three or more violations of the Policy during a 12 month period. Member federations must provide the IWF with full details of all anti-doping rule violations (ADRV) committed at a national level, as well as a full list of athlete support personnel affiliated to athletes competing internationally, none of which must be subject to criminal/disciplinary proceedings.
• Canadian weightlifter Christine Girard will have the bronze medal won in the 63kg category at the London 2012 Olympics upgraded to gold, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) confirmed. Maiya Maneza, who took gold in the 63kg category at London 2012, was disqualified in 2016 after a reanalysis programme conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that she had tested positive for stanozolol. A month later, London 2012 63kg silver medal winner Svetlana Tsarukaeva was disqualified after re-analysis of her sample returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Girard is also in line to receive a bronze medal from the Beijing 2008 Olympics, after 63kg silver medal winner Irina Nekrassova was disqualified after returning an AAF for stanozolol.
• Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa has been stripped of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super featherweight belt and suspended for six months, after failing an anti-doping test in December, reports ESPN. It is understood that a test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on 5 December, ahead of Ogawa’s 9 December defeat of Tevin Farmer, returned an adverse analytical finding for androstanediol. It is understood that the Nevada State Athletic Commission invalidated the fight and sanctioned Ogawa with a six month ban at its meeting on Wednesday.
• Taekwondo New Zealand (TNZ) has confirmed that World Taekwondo (WT) has completed its investigation into an Executive Board dispute between TNZ President Tae Kyung Kim and Secretary General Matt Ransom. An Interim Board comprising five members, including an independent non-voting Chair will be appointed by WT, as well as an Arbitrator to resolve any deadlocks. The Interim Board will also comprise a plan for the future leadership of TNZ. WT began its investigation in November last year.
• The Nevada Athletic Commission has suspended Canelo Alvarez for six months, reports the Associated Press. The boxer’s promotors maintain that his adverse analytical finding (AAF) for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat.
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