News 27th April 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 27 April 2017

• The Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Committee of the UK Parliament has published the oral evidence given by Dr. Barry Fudge, Dr. John Rogers, Dr. Robin Chakraverty and Ed Warner of UK Athletics; and Liz Nicoll of UK Sport to its Combatting Doping in Sport inquiry on 19 April. In the hearing (video below), Dr. Chakraverty admitted that he had failed to record an injection of L-carnitine administered to Mo Farah ahead of the 2014 London Marathon. The CMS Committee also published evidence from a ‘Team Sky whistleblower’, who alleges that ‘TUEs were used tactically by the team to support the health of a rider with an ultimate aim of supporting performance’.

• The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has published its monthly list of athletes serving a sanction for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), according to information received up to 26 April. The list of 18 athletes includes nine Russians, as well as athletes from South Africa, China, Malta, Bulgaria, Mongolia, France, Spain, Poland and the USA.

• France’s Parquet National Financier (PNF) has announced that four people have been taken into custody and ten locations have been searched as part of the joint investigation into football tax fraud launched in France and the UK yesterday. The PNF, a French judicial body that deals with financial crime, said it had acted following a request for legal assistance from UK authorities in July last year. The arrests are due to suspicion of ‘aggravated fiscal fraud committed during several transfers of football players between French clubs and Premier League clubs’, read a PNF statement. ‘Newcastle United can confirm that a member of its staff has this morning been assisting HMRC with their inquiries’, read a statement from the newly-promoted Premier League club, which has signed a number of French players.

Tennis provided the largest number of suspicious sports betting activity alerts reported to sporting authorities by the bookmaker members of ESSA during the first quarter of 2017. Tennis led the number of suspicious alerts reported to sport for the ninth consecutive quarter, with 12 of 27 alerts (45%). Integrity body ESSA’s members include 45 regulated bookmakers.

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