25th October 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 25 October 2017

• Italy’s national anti-doping agency has provisionally suspended Futsal goalkeeper Antonio Capuozzo after he tested positive for metabolites of stanozolol. NADO Italia announced that Capuozzo had tested positive at the ‘Serie a 5, Feldi Eboli – Pescara C5’ tournament held in Eboli on 2 October.

• UK Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has confirmed that the UK will not criminalise doping, after a review interviewing sports bodies and anti-doping organisations concluded that the UK had an ‘appropriate regulatory framework to tackle doping’, reports the BBC. Crouch spoke yesterday at UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD) Clean Sport Forum, where she outlined the results of the review. Its recommendations were welcomed by UKAD.

• Russian Minister for Sport, Pavel Kolobkov, is to speak on the opening day of Play The Game 2017, which takes place from 26-29 November in Eindhoven, organisers confirmed. Kolobkov recently confirmed in an interview that Russia cannot meet all of the requirements laid out in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Roadmap To Compliance. For a full preliminary programme for Play The Game, click here.

• Former President of the Russian Basketball Federation (RBF), Yulia Sergeevna Anikeeva, has been sentenced to four years and six months in prison for embezzlement, reports the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI). It is understood that Anikeeva did not appear in court on 23 Moscow, her lawyer explaining that she did not expect a fair ruling. The court also ruled that the case against former RBF accountant Mikhail Kocharyan must be closed due to his death. Investigators allege that Anikeeva and accomplices embezzled almost RUB44 million (€650,000) between 2014 and 2015 through a scheme involving fictitious contracts.

• The international federation of swimming federations (FINA) has published a short summary of its decision to clear Australian swimmer Madeline Groves of an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) for reporting three whereabouts failures in a year. ‘The FINA Doping Panel found that the athlete have committed two whereabouts failures on 18 November 2016 and 6 December 2016’, reads the statement. ‘Nevertheless, the FINA Doping Panel decided that the whereabouts failure of 26 March 2017 shall not be registered against Ms Madeline GROVES’. No details on the reasoning behind the decision were published.

• The European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) has called for changes to football’s regulatory framework to improve and protect competitive balance in the game. EPFL President Lars-Christer Olsson said that the EPFL will present UEFA with proposals for change.

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