22nd November 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 November 2017

• Russia’s Minister of Sport, Pavel Kolobkov, has stated that he does not agree with the decision of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Oswald Commission to disqualify Sochi 2014 gold medalist Aleksandr Tretiakov, bronze medalist Elena Nikitina and two other skeleton athletes for doping. Kolobkov said that Russia would seek evidence to back an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). “We categorically do not agree”, he said in a statement. “The Disciplinary Commission has decided, without providing evidence, drawing from the testimony of one person in respect of whom we are conducting a criminal investigation”.

• The former Chairmen of FIFA’s Ethics Committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert and Cornel Borbély, plus communications expert Marc Tenbücken, have formed the Sports Governance Unit (SGU), a body designed to advise on good governance, integrity and compliance in sport. Eckert and Borbély were removed from their role in May after a FIFA Council decision not to nominate them for re-election, which they argued was ‘politically motivated’. In June, FIFA published the Garcia Report into the 2018/2022 World Cup Bidding Process, arguing that Eckert and Borbély had previously refused to publish it. Eckert will be speaking at Play The Game 2017, which takes place from 26-29 November in Eindhoven.

• A Paris court has ordered former French Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot to pay €12,000 euros (£10,700) to Rafael Nadal over a doping allegation, reports the BBC. ‘As you can see in the media, today is a happy day for me, my team and my fans’, said the tennis star in a statement. ‘The French justice has resolved the case in favour of my honesty and integrity as a sports player. I want to thank all of you who believed in me. As I said before, the money from the fine will be donated to a French NGO’.

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