3rd November 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 3 November 2017

• China’s Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) announced that three athletes have returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) at the National Games in September, including Hebei Liu Zixuan, who took a silver medal as part of the 800m freestyle relay at the FINA 2017 World Championships. Liu tested positive for diuretic hydrochlorothiazide during a 4 September doping control; a wrestler reported an AAF for DHEA; and a female athlete reported an AAF for an unnamed anabolic agent.

• A statement from the World Boxing Council (WBC) confirms that it has cleared Luis Nery to return to the ring, accepting that an AAF for zilpaterol – a substance similar to clenbuterol – was caused by contaminated meat. The WBC said that Nery will face a rematch against Japan’s Shunsuke Yamanaka, if he defeats Arthur Villanueva this weekend. Nery had argued that his AAF was caused by contaminated meat. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) recently cleared Brandon Moreno, after accepting that his AAF for clenbuterol was caused by contaminated meat.

• Chicago Bears has confirmed that linebacker Jerrell Freeman has been suspended for ten games after violating the National Football League’s (NFL) policy on prohibited substances. Freeman said that his AAF was due to pills he had been taking to combat the effects of concussion following a head injury.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to direct the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow the country’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) to test cricketers, reports CricBuzz. WADA has also warned the Indian Minister of Sport, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, that it could revoke NADA India’s compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code unless the BCCI complies.

USADA has notified the UFC that Jim Wallhead has reported an AAF due to a 7 October test, announced the UFC.

Costas Takkas, former General Secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA), has become the second person to be sentenced to a prison term by US authorities following investigations into corruption at the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA). He has been sentenced to 15 months in prison, announced the US Department of Justice (DoJ). Last month, Guatemalan former judge Hector Trujillo became the first person to be sentenced by US authorities investigating FIFA corruption charges, receiving an eight month sentence.

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