8th February 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 8 February 2018

• The Norwegian Olympic team has taken over 6,000 doses of asthma medication to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, reports NRK. The broadcaster reported that the 109 athletes and 100 person support team have access to 52 different drugs and ten nebuliser devices. Last month, an article in Norwegian newspaper Verde Gang, featured the Norwegian cross-country ski team doctor, Petter Olberg, who claimed that between 50% and 70% of the team suffer with asthma. The Norwegian Olympic Committee (NIF) has yet to comment on the reports.

• British Olympic boxer Muhammad Ali has been sanctioned with a two year ban after testing positive for trenbolone in October last year. The BBC reports that Ali has reached a ‘settlement agreement’ with the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

• Former USA Gymnastics coach John Geddert is under investigation after complaints were made against him, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office told Reuters. Geddert ran a gymnastics centre called Twistars, where athletes complained that Geddert pushed them beyond their breaking points.

• The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) is investigating footballers Ruslan Kambolov and Ivan Knyazev, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told Russian State news agency TASS. It is understood that in September 2016, FIFA requested data from the Football Union of Russia (FUR) regarding 11 footballers listed in the Independent Person Report produced for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) by Richard McLaren.

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