6th December 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 6 December 2017

FIFA has lifted its suspension of the Kuwait Football Association (KFA) after the Kuwait Parliament adopted a new sports law, it announced today. The KFA was originally suspended in October 2015 for violating Articles 14 and 19 of the FIFA Statutes, which refer to the political independence of national associations. It could be argued that the Football Union of Russia (FUR) also violates the same Articles of the FIFA Statutes, as its President, Vitaly Mutko, is also Deputy Prime Minister of Russia.

Charles Johnson of the Carolina Panthers has been sanctioned with a four game suspension after violating the National Football League’s (NFL) policy on performance enhancing substances. In a statement published by his club, Johnson blamed his positive test on a substance he had taken to help him recover from back surgery. Jimmy Smith has also been issued with the same sanction, Baltimore Ravens (his club) announced.

• The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that three Russian athletes have been sanctioned as a result of the Oswald Commission, which has been examining potential anti-doping rule violations as a result of the evidence unearthed by Richard McLaren in his Independent Person Reports for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The Russian athletes are cross-country skiers, Yulia Chekaleva and Anastasia Dotsenko, and biathlete Olga Zaytseva.

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