Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The World Boxing Council (WBC) has received notification from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) regarding an adverse analytical finding (AAF) relating to Lucas Browne, it announced on 22 November. ‘Clearly the test results are hugely disappointing for the company and for Lucas himself’, read a statement from Hatton Promotions, which represents the Australian. ‘For a man and a team who fought so hard to clear his name following what is now universally accepted to have been a deliberate contamination of products he ingested prior to his March fight with Ruslan Chagaev, this is a bitter blow…Even though he has no WBC ranking to protect and is in a position for a mandatory WBA world title fight, Lucas entered the WBC Clean Boxing programme voluntarily. We do not feel that is the action of a man who wishes to intentionally take performance enhancing drugs. As such, we will be working closely with Lucas’s team and his lawyer, Leon Margules, to conduct a thorough investigation into the supplements Lucas has been advised to take on a day to day basis. We will also look into any prescribed medication he has been given in order to seek out the source of the alleged banned substance.’
• The head of Kenya’s swimming federation, Ben Ekumbo, has appeared in court dressed in Kenyan Olympic kit that he has been accused of stealing, according to local reports. In August, the Kenyan government disbanded the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) due to a number of corruption allegations, including selling kit destined for the Kenyan Rio 2016 team. Ekumbo was found hiding under his bed by Kenyan police investigating the allegations, reports The Guardian.
• The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has suspended four international officials for ‘poor performance’, it announced in a recent disciplinary decision. The CAF suspended both the referee and two assistant referees in Tunisia’s 1-0 victory over Libya in a 11 November World Cup qualifying game. It said that Eritrea’s Berhe O’Michael would be suspended for three months for poor ‘offside decisions including one denying a valid goal by Libya’; Kenya’s Davies Ogenche Omweno was also suspended for three months for ‘wrong positioning and movement, incorrect identification of fouls and failure to administer some disciplinary sanctions’; and Rwandan Theogene Ndagijmana was given a warning for ‘missed multiple basic offside decisions which denied teams’ promising attacks’. Meanwhile, Ghanaian Joseph Lamptey was given a three-month suspension for awarding ‘a wrong penalty for handball despite the fact that the ball never touched the hand of the player’ during South Africa’s 2-1 World Cup qualifier win over Senegal on 12 November.
• FIFA has held the first of its Executive Football Summits in Paris, part of its Forward reform programme, which is designed to let member associations exchange information on how football should be governed in the future. There will be a total of 11 such summits – one in Singapore (6-8 December), two in Miami (17-18 January), two in Doha (14-16 February), two in Addis Ababa (21-23 February) and two in London (7-9 March). Key findings from the discussions will then be fed back to the relevant decision-making bodies within FIFA.
• Charges against sports agent Federico Rosa have been dropped by a Kenyan magistrate, reports Reuters. Rosa was released on bail in July, after his company, Rosa e Associati, was suspended from working with athletes in April last year. Rosa Associati represented Rita Jeptoo, whom Athletics Kenya banned for two years on 2 February, after a positive test for erythropoietin (EPO). The ban was extended to four years last month, following an appeal by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The company also represented Amantle Montsho, who had planned to appeal a two-year sanction following a positive test at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games due to rising costs.
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