News 11th May 2015

April 24-May 8: 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 two weeks…

• France’s Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) is investigating 15 players and 23 professional club educators for not respecting a ban on betting on LFP competitions, it announced on 6 May.

• The Australian Football League (AFL) Anti-Doping Tribunal has moved the hearing date for Stephen Dank’s appeal against breaching AFL rules on doping from 5 May to June 9. It is understood that the appeal date has been moved due to availability issues with lawyers for both Dank and ASADA. Meanwhile, Ryan Crowley’s hearing has been postponed until 18 May, after he reported a positive A and B sample.

• The Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Credible (MPCC) has published an interview with its President, Roger Legeay, on its internet site. You can access the interview by clicking here.

• Australian horse trainer Darren Smith has lost an appeal against a 15-year ban for doping offences. The panel found that although Cobalt was not specifically a banned substance until 1 January this year, it still fell under Article 178B of the Austrian Rules of Racing, which prohibits any substance that is capable of causing an effect in a horse’s system. Smith was originally accused of 62 charges of breaching the rules of racing.

• The Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) has agreed a partnership with Sportradar to deliver a series of workshops designed to illustrate the dangers and consequences of match-fixing to clubs and officials.

• French swimmer Amaury Leveaux, who took gold in the 100m freestyle relay at the London 2012 Olympics, has claimed that some swimmers regularly take cocaine. Leveaux made the claim in a new book, ‘Drogue, sexe et natation: Un nageur brise l’omerta’, which translates asDrugs, sex and swimming: The swimmer breaks the code of silence’.

Amantle Montsho (pictured) has failed to raise the money needed to appeal against her two-year ban after a positive test during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, according to local reports. Tshiamo Rantao, Attorney for the former world 400m champion, told APA that they had failed to raise the US$20,000 needed to finance an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

ESSA, the regulated betting industry’s integrity body, welcomed Betway as the latest betting operator to join the association. Betway is the 19th betting operator to join ESSA and further broadens the scope of ESSA’s betting integrity network and information sharing facilities.

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has published a list of updated hearings that are to take place in May and June.

• The Malaysian National Cycling Federation’s (MNCF) Appeals Panel has reduced the sanction of track cyclist Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom from 18 to 12 months, according to local reports. It is understood that although the Appeals Panel was satisfied that the MNCF took the correct decision, there had been a delay in informing the athlete of his adverse analytical finding (AAF), and doubts were raised as to the reliability of witness evidence. The cyclist’s positive test was for dexamethasone, but argued that he had received an injection from a doctor in relation to a knee complaint. Badminton player and fellow Malaysian Lee Chong Wei also tested positive for dexamethasone last year, and also blamed an injection administered to treat an injury.

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