News 20th September 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 20 September 2017

• A File on 4 investigation by BBC Radio 4 has found that certain paralympic athletes are abusing the classification system in order to improve their chances of winning a medal. The BBC reports that International Paralympic Committee (IPC) lawyers are investigating the situation. The BBC alleges that swimmers with cerebral palsy are being put into cold environments in swimwear to make their alteration in muscle tone appear worse; athletes are turning up to classification in wheelchairs they do not normally use; swimmers arms are being strapped up so that they cannot stretch their arm on classification; and that amputees are having more of a limb removed than necessary in order to change classification. In September last year, The Sports Integrity Initiative reported on additional issues regarding intellectual classifications.

• Pakistani cricketer Khalid Latif has sanctioned with a five year ban after being found guilty of violations of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-corruption code, the PCB announced on Twitter (see below). Latif was provisionally suspended in February as part of an ‘investigation into an international syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the Pakistan Super League’.

• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has reported that Ms. Thi Phuong Doung of Vietnam has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for 19-norandrosterone, an anabolic steroid. The 20yr old finished third in the 75kg category at the 24th Asian Weightlifting Federation’s (AWF) junior women’s championships in July.

• The Burkina Faso Football Federation (FBF) has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over FIFA’s decision to order the replay of South Africa’s 2-1 victory over Senegal in November 2016, due to a lifetime ban imposed on referee Joseph Lamptey. ‘The FBF continues to mark its opposition to a decision tainted with abuse of power and no relation to the regulations of the international football body’, read a statement announcing the 18 September appeal. Burkina Faso leads Group D of the Russia 2018 regional qualifying group. The revised standings place Burkina Faso and Cape Verde on six points each with Senegal one point behind. If Senegal were to beat South Africa in the replay, it would qualify at the expense of Burkina Faso and Cape Verde.

• Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has sanctioned two athletes with six year bans, one with a four year ban, and one with a two year ban. Manfredi Ottavi, who is affiliated to Italy’s national centre of sporting education (CSEN) and its association of social sports (ASI), was sanctioned with a four year ban expiring on 14 June 2021. Vincenzo Dattoli and Maura Costabile, who are both not affiliated to any Italian sporting organisation, were sanctioned with six year bans. Andrea Moscatelli, who is also not affiliated, was sanctioned with a two year ban.

• The Baseball Commissioner has fined Boston Red Sox for using an ‘electronic device’ to relay signals given by the New York Yankees catcher to a Sox coach in the dugout. However, it dismissed a counter-complaint from the Sox that the Yankees had improperly used the YES TV Network to decipher Sox signs. It is understood that the Sox used an Apple watch to relay information from the dugout to the batter about what type of pitch was about to be thrown.

• Kenyan athlete Rita Jeptoo has told a courtroom examining whether doctors illegally administered erythropoietin (EPO) to her that she does not know how the drug ended up in her system, reports the Daily Nation. Marathon runner Jeptoo also reportedly denied that coach Claudio Berardelli, his assistant Daniel Cheribo and doctor Stephen Kipchumba administered the drug to her. Jeptoo was initially sanctioned with a two year ban in January 2015, however this was scaled up to a four year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) following a successful appeal by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

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