4th December 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 4 December 2017

Paul Melia, President of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), has warned that athlete and public confidence in the governance of sport could be seriously damaged unless the International Olympic Committee (IOC) bans Russia from the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics at its Executive Board meeting tomorrow. “We’ve reached a tipping point when it comes to athlete and public confidence in the integrity of the Olympic Movement”, said Melia in a statement. “We have to ask ourselves what it might mean for the future of the Olympics if Russia is allowed to get away with the largest doping conspiracy in history. If the public can’t be sure that all athletes are competing fairly, we might lose their trust forever.”

• UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has sanctioned an amateur rugby union player with a two-year ban, despite accepting that he did not intentionally ingest cocaine. Joseph Stokes of Matson RFC argued that his adverse analytical finding (AAF) for benzoylecgonine may have been due to counting banknotes at a charity fundraising event. In the full written decision (download here), he points out that he is not in a position to be able to provide scientific evidence to support his argument.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published a Summary of Outcomes from its meeting in Seoul, 15-16 November. Decisions taken included the upholding of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) suspension; approval of the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS); declaration of three signatories as not compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code; a new policy requiring recognition by the Global Association of International Sporting Federations (GAISF) for sporting organisations wishing to become a Code signatory; as well as an update on the next generation of the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).

• The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has sanctioned three athletes who competed at the London 2012 Olympics for doping. Anna Nazarova and Yulia Gushchina of Russia and Nevin Yavit of Turkey returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs) due to reanalysis of samples taken during the Games.

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld an appeal by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) against an American Arbitration Association (AAA) decision to sanction bobsleigh athlete Ryan Bailey with a six month ban after he returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for 1,3-dimethylbutylamine (DMBA). Bailey will now serve a two year ban.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has provisionally suspended the accreditation of the Bucharest Laboratory in Romania.

• The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has announced implementation of gender equality principles ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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