22nd December 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 December 2016

• Cricket South Africa (CSA) has sanctioned Alviro Petersen with a two-year ban for his part in a conspiracy to fix cricket matches. ‘The banning of Petersen follows a lengthy and complex investigation and the previous imposition by CSA in January 2016 of a twenty-year ban on former Proteas, Lions and Titans player Gulam Bodi after Bodi had admitted charges of contriving or attempting to fix matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series’, read a CSA statement. ‘Bodi acted as an intermediary for international betting syndicates, approaching certain players with a view to engaging in fixing activities during the competition. There were also four other players (Jean Symes (7), Pumelela Matshikwe (10), Ethy Mbhalati (10), Thami Tsolekile (12)) who admitted contraventions of the Code and have been banned for periods ranging between seven and twelve years’.

• The Culture Media and Sport (CMS) Committee of the UK Parliament has published the oral evidence given by Robert Howden, Dr. George Gilbert, Shane Sutton and Sir David Brailsford of British Cycling on 19 December as part of its ongoing inquiry into Combatting Doping in Sport. A written version of the oral evidence can be accessed here. In the evidence, Brailsford states that a package delivered to Sir Bradley Wiggins after the 2011 Criterium du Dauphiné contained fluimucil, a medication not licensed for use in the UK and freely available in France and Italy, where Wiggins was due to travel next, as explained in this article. The CMS Committee also published oral evidence given by Sir Craig Reedie and Olivier Niggli of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which can be accessed here. As explained in this article, Reedie argues that he did not become aware of corrupt payments made in connection to Russian doping until December 2014, despite evidence that WADA knew about the situation earlier.

• A list of sanctioned athletes published by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on its internet site has revealed that Argentine weightlifter, Malvina Soledad Veron, has been sanctioned with a four-year ban. Vernon, who was one of a number of weightlifting positives reported at the Pan American Championships in June, reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for methenolone metabolites and will be suspended until 12 July 2020. The sanction list also revealed that Moises Cartagena of Puetro Rico, who tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone metabolites at the same event, will be suspended until 13 July 2020. Alina-Alexandra Popovici, a 16-year old Romanian weightlifter, has also been banned for four years until 11 August 2010 after returning an AAF for stanozolol. Yulia Kalina of the Ukraine has been banned for two years until 10 June 2018, after re-analysis of her London 2012 Olympic sample reported an AAF for dehydrochloromethyltestosterone, resulting in the loss of her bronze medal.

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