News 23rd December 2015

Sports Integrity Briefs – 23 Dec. 2015

• The government of Qatar has said that claims made by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) that over 7,000 migrant workers will die by the time the 2002 World Cup kicks off represent a ‘deliberate distortion of the facts’. The Qatar government said that there have been no worker fatalities on World Cup sites. ‘To date, after more than 14 million hours worked, there have been no fatalities on World Cup project sites – not one’, read a statement. ‘It also makes no sense to suggest that all deaths in a population of over a million workers are a result of workplace accidents or conditions, as ITUC appears to claim’.

• The  national anti-doping agency (NADA) Germany has won an appeal against an August 2014 decision to acquit handball player Michael Kraus of committing an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) by reporting three whereabouts failures within 18 months. ‘The degree of fault of Kraus was based on a minor negligence’ read a NADA statement, which confirmed that a backdated three-month ban from 27 May 2014 until 27 August 2014 had been agreed.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has decided not to appeal a Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) decision to issue Australian swimmer Kylie Palmer with a reprimand, after a 2013 positive test for ‘low levels’ of furosemide, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. You can read more about the history of the case here.

Racing Victoria has found horse trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien and vet Dr. Tom Brennan guilty of racing horses with elevated levels of cobalt, in breach of its rules. The decision is available by clicking here. It is understood the the two horse trainers plan to appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

• A failure by a trainer to notify the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) of the whereabouts of a gelding for anti-doping purposes has resulted in a fine of £250. The BHA also fined another trainer £250 after his horse tested positive for phenylbutazone and its metabolite oxyphenbutazone. A third trainer was fined £1,000 after his horse was ‘administered a substance other than normal feed and water’. Details on all three cases are available here.

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