20th July 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 20 July 2018

UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD) Annual Report (click here to download) reveals that it reported 23 anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) from 11,336 tests conducted (0.2%) during the 2017/18 financial year. However, as UKAD said that 10 of the 23 ADRVs were due to intelligence, the true percentage of tests that resulted in an ADRV could be even lower. The majority of the tests (79%) involved urine, and represented a 12% increase on the 2016/17 financial year, and a 25% increase on the 2015/16 financial year. During the year, 1,200 blood and steroid athlete biological passport (ABP) samples were received. 

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced that its anti-doping programme collected 2,086 samples during the second quarter of 2018. The majority of these (1,133) involved in-competition urine tests. A total of 687 samples (340 in-competition and 247 out-of-competition) were placed into long-term storage at laboratories accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for future analysis. 

• The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has failed in its attempt to sanction vet Timothy Brennan based on allegations that he passed inside information to his brother, Michael Brennan, on the prospects of Faugheen in the 2016 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle. ‘The Panel, having considered all the evidence before it, concluded that it has not been proved to the appropriate standard that Timothy Brennan was the source of any confidential information to his brother’, read a BHA statement‘The Panel concluded that there were, on the evidence, a number of other realistic possibilities for the source of any such information’. In a statement, the BHA said that Michael Brennan had not cooperated with its inquiries. ‘The BHA does not have the power to compel unregulated individuals in our sport to be interviewed, hand over evidence or face charges’, continued the statement. ‘That is the nature of anti-corruption investigations in sport and it is a challenge for all governing bodies’.

• The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) announced that it received 86 match alerts during the second quarter of 2018 (April to June inclusive). The ITF Futures (56) and ATP Challenger (14) Tours accounted for 70 of the 86 alerts. The alerts only indicate suspicious betting patterns and are not proof of corruption, and the TIU pointed out that the 86 alerts represent 0.27% of the 31,586 matches played during the period. The TIU said that the 86 alerts represent an increase over the average of 60 alerts for the past three years, but added that this was due to additional monitoring and reporting through new memoranda of understanding.

• The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) will organise the first Canadian symposium on match-fixing in sport on 24-25 April 2019, in partnership with McLaren Global Sports Solutions. The programme for the event will be produced by the CCES in partnership with Richard McLaren, who produced the Independent Person (IP) Reports into systemic Russian doping for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Sessions will be moderated by Declan Hill, an investigative journalist who has written extensively about match-fixing.

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