30th October 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 30 October 2017

• European 5,000m champion Ilias Fifa and eight other athletes have been released by Spanish police after their arrest due to alleged links to a doping network, reports Reuters. The arrests followed 10 raids at homes in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Mollet, Esplugues, Arenys de Mar, Guadalajara and València. A Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) statement said that it was aware of the arrests and would cooperate with investigating authorities. A Spanish Agency for the Protection of Health and Sport (AEPSAD) statement said that it has applied to join the investigation.

• New South Wales Police have uncovered ‘activities and practices that are deemed as high-risk’ during its investigation into allegations of match-fixing within Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL). ‘In light of this information, representatives of Strike Force Nuralda have recently met with the NRL and provided recommendations to ensure the integrity of the code is not compromised by the infiltration of organised crime’, read a statement‘Strike Force Nuralda has now concluded’.

• The Judo Federation of Serbia has sanctioned Marko Saric with a four year ban, after the judoka returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for cocaine at the Serbian national championships on 28 May, confirmed the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (AARS). Saric’s ban runs from 7 August 2017.

• The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has announced that US endurance horse, FYF Dutch, has returned an AAF for O-Desmethyl Venlafaxine, a banned substance under the FEI’s equine anti-doping regulations. The FEI has suspended the horse for two months and has provisionally suspended the horse’s rider, Nicki Meuten.

• An International Swimming Federation (FINA) Doping Panel has sanctioned Brazilian swimmer Henrique Rodrigues with a 12 month ban from 13 March 2017, after he returned an AAF for clostebol. The anabolic steroid is used in certain dermatological creams, one of which was the reason Norwegian skier Therese Johaug will miss the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics after applying such a cream to treat blistered lips. FINA did not publish the reasoning behind the decision.

• The Sambo Federation of Serbia has sanctioned Uros Vesic with a two year ban, after he returned an AAF for ephedrine during the national championships on 9 September, confirmed the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (AARS). Vesic’s ban runs from 11 October.

• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has announced that a sample taken from Loginoz Bregvadze has returned an AAF for metandienone. The Georgian weightlifter, who took silver in the -94kg snatch and clean & jerk at the 2015 European Junior & U23 Weightlifting Championships, has been provisionally suspended.

Jason Livermore has failed in his appeal to Jamaica’s Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel and will therefore be sanctioned with a two year ban after testing positive for clomiphene and mesterolone, reports the Jamaica Observer. The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 200m bronze medalist returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) in July. Livermore also won gold at Glasgow 2014 in the 4x100m with Usain Bolt, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade.

• The Slovenian anti-doping agency (SLOSKI) has confirmed that the B sample of Teja Gregorin taken at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics has returned an AAF. As part of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) retesting programme, an International Biathlon Union (IBU) statement said that the biathlete’s sample returned an AAF for growth hormone GHRP-2. Gregorin, who took the bronze at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, has been provisionally suspended.

• Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has confirmed that sanctions have been issued against two athletes, whilst a third has been provisionally suspended after a positive test. Hockey player Marco Fadda has been sanctioned with a two year ban from 24 October 2017. Rhinos Milano American football player Jonathan McNeal has been sanctioned with a four year ban from the same date. NADO Italia also confirmed that amateur cyclist Francesco Manco has been provisionally suspended after returning an AAF for two metabolites of stanozolol – furosemide and triamcinolone acetonide – at the ‘Fondo Città di Cerignola’ in Cerignola on 24 September 2017.

• The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM) confirmed that diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee is the Kuala Lumpur 2017 South East Asian (SEA) Games gold medal winner who has returned an AAF for a prohibited substance, reports the New Straits Times. Ng took gold in the women’s 3m springboard individual and gold in the 3m springboard synchronised events. ASUM told the newspaper that analysis of  her B sample had confirmed the AAF.

• British boxer Muhammed Ali has returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a prohibited substance, Boxing GB has told The Guardian. The 21 year old is understood to have tested positive for a steroid in May, and has been provisionally suspended.

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