News 20th March 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 20 March 2017

• The Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS) collected 93 urine samples and 40 blood samples at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade, it announced in a statement. ADAS has also adopted a new list of banned substances for equestrian events and new therapeutic use exemption guidelines, it said in a statement.

• The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) said it had received a suspicious betting alert from the European federation of football associations (UEFA) suggesting that the 12 March game between Doxa Katokopias FC and Ermis Aradippou FC may have been manipulated. ‘The betting activity that preceded the game shows, UEFA added, that some had prior knowledge about the outcome’, read a CFA statement. ‘The match ended 2-1 in favour of Doxa Katokopias and the UEFA report attributes blame to Ermis Aradippou. The UEFA report has been delivered to the disciplinary prosecutor of the CFA.’

• The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has established a working group to examine potential changes to the candidature procedure for the hosting of the Olympic Games. IOC President Thomas Bach said that the working group may also choose to examine the procedure and vote to award the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games. The IOC may seek to appoint the hosts of both Games at a double vote in September, reports the BBC.

• Aston Villa U18 player Jake Humphries has been suspended for 20 weeks after a urine sample given on 19 November last year tested positive for cannabis. Humphries has admitted the charge and will undergo counselling and treatment in association with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA). He will also be subject to targeted testing for two years.

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