Andy Brown

Andy has been writing about the governance of sport for over 15 years. Prior to working on the Sports Integrity Initiative, he was the editor of World Sports Law Report for eight years. He has also worked for the Press Association and has written for numerous trade magazines. He has also created, chaired and spoken at numerous conferences on the business of sport, and produced the Sports Law Show for iSportConnect TV.

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News 26/05/2020

Athletes who lie about Covid-19 symptoms could face ‘tampering’ charge

Athletes who lie to doping control personnel about having symptoms of Covid-19 could face a charge of tampering with the doping control process, which carries a four year ban. Guidance issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to anti-doping organisations (ADOs) on 6 May (PDF below) outlines that when...

News 26/05/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 26 May 2020

• Journalists in Brazil appear to have uncovered evidence of a ‘ghost game‘, where a score is recorded for a football game for betting purposes, despite no players having taken the field. Over R$10 million (€1.7 million) was wagered through 200 overseas betting sites on a 25 March friendly...

News 22/05/2020

Sport Integrity Briefs – 22 May 2020

• Shayna Jack has announced that she has ‘received notice’ regarding her decision to challenge a four year ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and Swimming Australia didn’t announce the imposition of the ban, which was reported by SwimSwam. She...

News 22/05/2020

Report contradicts FIFA’s account of Haitian sexual abuse allegations

A Report by Haiti’s National Human Rights Defence Network (RNDDH) appears to contradict FIFA’s claim that it first became aware of allegations of sexual abuse against Yves Jean-Bart, President of the Haiti Football Federation (FHF) through a 30 April article in The Guardian. ‘FIFA only learnt about sexual abuse...

News 21/05/2020

Heightened match-fixing threat to individual sports

Sport’s integrity bodies are appealing for the governing bodies of individual sports and bookmakers to be vigilant, due to signs of increased betting and match-fixing. Whilst team sports remain suspended, individual sports where social distancing is possible – such as tennis, snooker, horse racing and others – have announced...

Features 20/05/2020

Mark Dry: when does a lie become fraud?

Lying to anti-doping organisations (ADOs) is only a good idea if you have money. Mo Farah denied receiving L-Carnitine injections when questioned by investigators from the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), returning to admit receiving them after being told to do so by British Athletics. No action has been taken against...

News 18/05/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 18 May 2020

• The Russian Judo Federation has sanctioned Suleim Mutaliev (Сулейма Муталиева) with a four year ban for violating Article 2.8 of the All Russian Anti-Doping Rules, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced. This covers attempted administration of prohibited substances to athletes. Margarita Pakhnotskaya (Маргарита Пахноцкая), Deputy Director of RUSADA, told...

News 18/05/2020

RFEF asks competition commission to look at new match-fixing information

The integrity department of the Spanish football association (RFEF) has transferred ‘new information’ regarding the ongoing Operation Oikos match-fixing investigation to its Competition Committee which will determine if new disciplinary measures need to be opened, said the RFEF in a statement. Over the weekend, reports emerged that police are...

News 14/05/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 May 2020

• The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has confirmed that its Ethics Committee is investigating sexual abuse allegations against Yves-Jean Bart, President of the Haitian Football Federation (HFF). ‘FIFA only learnt about sexual abuse claims concerning Mr Jean-Bart through the article published in The Guardian on 30 April’,...

News 14/05/2020

Negative becomes positive and leads to four year ban

Indian discus thrower Sandeep Kumari has been sanctioned with a four year ban, after a sample declared as clean by India’s National Dope Testing Laboratory (New Delhi Laboratory) returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for metenolone upon reanalysis by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The full Decision (PDF below)...

Features 13/05/2020

The Ukraine FA, UEFA funding & football politics…

FIFA and UEFA questioned Andriy Pavelko (Андрій Павелко), President of the Ukrainian football association (УАФ), over use of football development funds, however it remains unclear as to whether a formal investigation was ever opened. Pavelko and the УАФ argue that no FIFA or UEFA investigation was opened, as no...

News 12/05/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 12 May 2020

• Dmitry Sergeyevich Badin (Дмитрий Сергеевич Бадин), wanted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in connection to hacks into the world’s anti-doping systems under the ‘Fancy Bears’ monicker, has also been implicated in hacks into the 2016 US Presidential election and into Germany’s Bundestag, reports the Süeddeutsche...

News 11/05/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 May 2020

• Irene Jeptoo Kipchumba has been sanctioned with an additional two year ban after admitting competing whilst serving a doping ban. Distance runner Kipchumba was initially sanctioned with a two year ban from 22 September 2017, after reporting an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for prednisolone on 19 March 2017...

News 07/05/2020

Fury’s victory over Hammer stands, despite UKAD ruling

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) has confirmed that Tyson Fury’s victory over Christian Hammer stands, despite Fury testing positive for Nandrolone after the 28 February 2015 fight and despite UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) ruling that Fury’s win should be disqualified. Paragraph 3.2 of UKAD’s Ruling (PDF below) outlines...

Features 06/05/2020

WADA’s evidence could lead to FIFA’s embarrassment

FIFA has told AP that it is among the 27 international federations that will receive evidence from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regarding potential anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs), based on matching the evidence in the two Pound and two McLaren Reports with manipulations detected in the Laboratory Information Management...

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