News 25th October 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 25 October 2016

• The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) today confirmed that the Portuguese anti-doping agency (ADOP) had sanctioned swimmer Ana Margarida Silva Rodrigues with a six-month ban. Rodrigues tested positive on 23 July 2015 for terbutaline, a beta-2 agonist, and was sanctioned with a six-month ban from 15 March 2016, the date of her provisional suspension.

• The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) athlete Lyman Good of a potential anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) resulting from an out-of-competition sample collected on 14 October, the UFC announced on 24 October. USADA has provisionally suspended Good, who was scheduled to fight Belal Muhammad in New York at UFC 205. The UFC is currently seeking a replacement to fight Muhammad.

Yury Nagornykh (Юрий Нагорных) appears to have been removed removed from his position as Russia’s Deputy Minister of Sport. WADA’s Independent Person Report, compiled by Richard McLaren, found that Nagornykh decided which adverse analytical findings (AAFs) reported by the Moscow and Sochi 2014 laboratories would ‘disappear’. He is no longer listed on the Ministry of Sport’s internet site as deputy Minister and a direct link to his specific page no longer works. however the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has yet to catch up, as he is still listed as an ROC board member by virtue of his position as deputy Minister. Russian state news agency, TASS, reports that he has been dismissed following a 20 October order from Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev.

• The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has sanctioned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) athlete Abdul-Kerim Edilov, of the Chechen Republic, Russia, with a 15-month ban after he tested positive for meldonium on 7 January 2016. Although USADA accepted Edilov’s explanation that meldonium was prescribed by a physician, it issued the ban since his use continued after meldonium became prohibited on 1 January 2016. A full list of anti-doping results management regarding athletes who have reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for meldonium is available by clicking here.

Azerbaijan’s Youth and Sports Minister, Azad Rahimov, announced that the country will establish a national anti-doping agency, reports AzerNews. Rahimov made the announcement when discussing a draft anti-doping Bill,  which reportedly suggests fines or prison terms for athletes, sports doctors, coaches or others involved in doping in sport.

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