Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has issued an updated list of global championship results affected by a 24 March Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision to uphold its appeal against a number of sanctions issued by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). The IAAF had challenged the RUSADA decisions which it felt were based on a ‘selective’ annulment of competitive results, which it argued was not in line with the World Anti-Doping Code. The list involves the disqualification of ten first place finishes; two second place finishes; one third place finish; two fifth place finishes; one sixth place finish; and one tenth place finish. It also involves the reallocation of three team results. The IAAF also posted an updated list of athletes sanctioned for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) as of 24 June.
• Chris Cairns is seeking damages from the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) after it wrote on its YouTube channel that the cricketer had been involved in match-fixing. Cairns was found not guilty of criminal charges relating to allegations that he had been involved in match-fixing in November last year.
• The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has said that it will conduct extra tests at Kenya’s Olympic trials, which take place 30 June to 1 July at the Kipchoge Stadium in Eldoret. “There will be extra testing conducted by the International Olympic Committee and ourselves around the time of the Olympic trials,” Coe told Sports News Arena on Sunday in Durban where he attended the closing of the five day Athletics Championships. The Eldoret/Kapsabet region is 2,100 metres above sea level and is a gateway to training in surrounding mountain villages. Documentaries have alleged that doctors are illegally prescribing prohibited substances from Eldoret.
• A US Supreme Court ruling last week could bolster the abilities of US authorities to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) Act to investigate corruption in football, reports the Wall Street Journal. The ruling, which rejected a lawsuit by the European Union against Reynolds American, opined that RICO is intended to have an ‘extraterritorial effect’.
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