News 22nd March 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 March 2017

• The Australian Senate has approved a number of amendments to the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016, which if approved by the House of Representatives at its scheduled third reading, would conclusively ban in-play betting on sport. The Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 prohibits ‘interactive’ gambling services from being offered to customers in Australia, however sports betting is permitted as long as the betting occurs prior to the sporting event starting. It is understood that the wording of the act has been exploited by some sports betting operators to offer ‘in-play’ services prior to the start of a sporting event, and the amendments to the act aim to close that loophole.

• Jamaicans Kaliese Spencer and Riker Hylton have been charged with evading sample collection, reports Reuters. Spencer is the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles champion and Hylton won bronze in the 4x400m at the 2011 Daegu International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships.

Serbian equestrian authorities have suspended two horses for a month and fined their trainers, after both horses tested positive for prohibited substances last year. ‘Ornament’ tested positive on 23 October 2016 and Tihomir Vujković, designated as the person responsible for the horse, was fined 100,000 dinars (€807), according to a statement from the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS). ‘Ivo Džima’ tested positive on 14 August last year, and Vladimir Vukojević was also fined 100,000 dinars as the person responsible.

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