Press releases 20 April 2015

April 10-17: Issues you may have missed…

Each week, the Sports Integrity Initiative strives to bring you news and information on issues that affect the integrity of sport. Here are some issues you may have missed during the last week…

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hear Roman Kreuziger’s case against his doping ban on 10 June 2015. You can read more about this case here. The CAS will also hear Fatma Omar’s case against a two-year International Paralympic Committee (IPC) ban for violating its doping rules. View the full list of CAS hearings here.

• The Anti-Corruption Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is currently investigating an illegal approach to Rajasthan Royals player. ‘An inappropriate approach was made to a member of the Rajasthan Royals Team that is currently participating in the Pepsi IPL 2015’, read an IPL statement. ‘The player who was approached,reported the matter to his Team Management immediately, who in turn have reported the incident to the Anti-Corruption Unit of the BCCI. The ACU of the BCCI is currently investigating the matter to ascertain the facts.’

• France’s Central office for the fight against corruption & financial and tax offences (OCLCIFF) has opened a preliminary investigation into possible financial irregularities connected to the public/private partnership established to build the Allianz Riviera (pictured), Nice’s 36,000-seat stadium, which opened in September 2013. The investigation was sparked by an audit conducted by the Provence-Aples-Côte d’Azur regional office, reports Le Monde.

• A chess grandmaster has been banned from the Dubai Open after being caught hiding a smartphone with a computerised chess programme during the tournament. ‘GM Gaioz Nigalidze of Georgia was caught by tournament officials consulting a device hidden in one of the toilet cubicles of the Dubai Chess and Culture Club during his sixth-round encounter with Armenia’s GM Tigran Petrosian’, read a statement from the tournament organisers. Petrosian raised suspicions after he became concerned about Nigalidze’s frequent trips to the toilet. Officials found the device hidden behind the toilet pan, covered with toilet paper.


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