Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has suspended Bulgarian player Danail Tarpov for three months and has fined him €5,000 after he admitted to setting up an online betting account for the son of his coach, Novolai Ivanchev. Section D of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme prevents players from ‘directly or indirectly, solicit[ing] or facilitat[ing] any other person to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition’. ‘No evidence of betting linked to match-fixing or other corruption offenses was uncovered by the TIU’ read a statement, adding that the sanction is suspended for two years ‘on condition that the player commits no further breach of the Program’.
• The Saudi Arabian government has launched an investigation into alleged match-fixing, it announced via Twitter on 3 July. The General Authority for Sports said that the Saudi Arabian football federation (SAFF) was cooperating with the probe into matches in the country’s top division. It is understood that the investigation will centre on Al-Mojzel’s rise from the third division to the first division in two years.
• Six men – including three former Kristianstads FF players – have been found guilty of match-fixing by a Swedish court, reports Reuters.
• The Brazilian anti-doping authority (ABCD) has appointed former Olympic judo champion, Rogério Sampaio, as National Secretary. He will oversee the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) audit of the Rio anti-doping laboratory (LBCD – LADETEC), which expects to be reaccredited this month, following its suspension on 24 June for failing to comply with WADA’s International Standard for Laboratories (ISL).
• The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has suspended Kuwait for government interference in sport. Last month, the government of Kuwait sued the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for US$1 billion through Swiss courts as a result of its decision to suspend the Kuwait Olympic Committee. The IOC suspended the country in October last year, as did FIFA, due to allegations of political interference in sport. In June, the IOC confirmed that the suspension would not be lifted in time for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
• The Brazilian swimming confederation (CBDA) confirmed that Etiene Pires de Medeiros is free to resume competition, after the country’s Superior Court of Sports Justice found that she bore ‘no fault or negligence’ for an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for fenoterol. The Court found that the substance was in Berotec, a medication she was taking to combat asthma.
• The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that O.J. Mayo has been banned for two years for violating its anti-doping programme. Mayo was previously banned for 10 games in 2011, but argued his positive test was due to supplements.
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