Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Two rugby league players tested positive for cocaine after Wakefield Trinity’s 36-8 victory at Widnes Vikings on 14 July. Widnes announced that Rangi Chase had returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for the stimulant on 3 August, followed by Wakefield Trinity’s announcement that Adam Walker had returned an AAF for the same drug a day later. UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and the Rugby Football League (RFL) cannot comment on the circumstances of the case, as proceedings are ongoing.
• Jamaica’s Riker Hylton has been cleared of evading sample collection by an independent tribunal, reports Reuters. Hylton and Kaliese Spencer were both charged with the same offence in March. Spencer was cleared in June, after the panel ruled that she had been incorrectly notified of her doping test – the same reason that it dropped the case against Hylton.
• Badminton New Zealand has launched an investigation after a player was approached about match-fixing at the NZ Open last week, reports the New Zealand Herald. It is understood that the player reported the approach to the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
• A swiss court has deferred judgment on who should run the international boxing association (AIBA), after an Interim Management Committee (IMC) passed a vote of no confidence in AIBA President, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu. The IMC is headed by Franco Falcinelli, AIBA vice-president and President of the European Boxing Confederation (EBC). The IMC claims to have control over AIBA, however Wu insists he remains President.
Athlete involvement, rather than new agencies, regulations, legislation or ombudsmen is key to safeguarding the...