24th July 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 24 July 2018

Parma Calico 1913 plans to appeal a decision of the Italian football association (FIGC) to sanction its player, Emanuele Calaiò, with a two year ban and deduct five points from the club ahead of the 2018/19 Serie A season. Parma beat Spezia 2-0 on 18 May to secure automatic promotion to Serie A on goal difference over Frosinone. Ahead of the game, Calaiò is understood to have sent text messages to former Spezia teammates asking them not to try too hard. 

• Weightlifter Azar Mammadli has reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for Etiocholanolone, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has announced. Etiocholanolone, also known as 5β-androsterone, is an anabolic steroid. The Azerbaijani has been provisionally suspended.

• The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has established an internal working group to examine how best to protect US college sports from any potential dangers posed by the regulation of sports betting in the US. ‘An internal team of subject matter experts will explore how best to protect game integrity, monitor betting activity, manage sports data and expand educational efforts’, read an NCAA statement. The NCAA said that it would ‘focus its attention on the substance of education, the protection of student-athletes and a standard approach to game integrity through consistent national guidelines’. 

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