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News 01/12/2021

Lack of governance of football friendly (non-competitive) matches exploited by match-fixers 

Football friendly matches are wide open for match-fixing due to a lack of regulation according to new research, with more than 250 friendlies involving European clubs showing signs of suspicious activity during 2016-20. The results come from a three-year study funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme and led...

News 01/12/2021

Steve Simon announces WTA’s decision to suspend tournaments in China

Statement by Steve Simon, WTA Chairman & CEO “When on November 2, 2021, Peng Shuai posted an allegation of sexual assault against a top Chinese government official, the Women’s Tennis Association recognized that Peng Shuai’s message had to be listened to and taken seriously. The players of the WTA,...

News 01/12/2021

Sport & Rights Alliance Calls on the IOC To Put People Before Partnerships

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should immediately stop supporting China’s strategy of suppression and start prioritizing protecting athletes and upholding its human rights obligations, the Sport & Rights Alliance said today. The process of developing an IOC human rights strategic framework should include meaningful engagement with affected stakeholders’ representatives,...

News 25/11/2021

World Athletics publishes Online Abuse Study covering Tokyo Olympic Games

• Female athletes were the target of 87% of all abuse • 65% of all abusive posts warrant intervention from social media platforms In line with its commitment to making athletics a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, World Athletics today publishes findings of a study conducted during the...

News 25/11/2021

WADA Foundation Board unanimously approves further governance reforms

• Approval of Independent Ethics Board; additional seats on Executive Committee for an athlete representative and an independent member, and on Foundation Board for athletes and National Anti-Doping Organizations; and establishment of WADA Athletes’ Council • Athletes’ Anti-Doping Ombuds Program to be piloted next year • New Confidential Sources’...

News 24/11/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 24 November 2021

• The Swedish trotting association (ST) has trained a dog to detect if prohibited substances are present in horse urine. Lykke, which means ‘happiness’ in Swedish, will inspect competition venues, horse boxes, and stables in order to identify horses that should be targeted for testing. • Bernard Sainz, known...

News 23/11/2021

UEFA welcomes European Parliament Resolution on EU sport policy

• Members of the EU Parliament (MEPs) expressly reject so-called “super league”. The European Parliament today adopted a comprehensive resolution on EU Sport Policy and called for action to protect European sport from the threat of breakaway competitions like the attempted European super league. Spearheaded by former Polish international...

News 23/11/2021

UK Sport takes lead as pregnancy guidance for athletes and sports published

UK Sport has published pregnancy guidance for the Olympic and Paralympic high-performance community and beyond following a wide-ranging 18-month consultation. UK Sport fundamentally believes that starting a family and being an elite athlete should not be mutually exclusive and, driven by an ambition for our high-performance community to be world...

23/11/2021

The appeal filed by Aleksandr Shustov is dismissed and the initial sanctions are confirmed: 4 year period of ineligibility

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the appeal arbitration procedure between the Russian high jumper Aleksandr Shustov and World Athletics (WA) & the Russian Athletics Federation (RUSAF). The CAS Panel confirmed the decision dated 5 June 2020 (the Challenged Decision) in which Aleksandr...

News 22/11/2021

The ITA notifies German weightlifter Vicky Schlittig of an apparent anti-doping rule violation

• The International Testing Agency (ITA), leading an independent anti-doping program for the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), has notified German weightlifter Vicky Schlittig of an apparent anti-doping rule violation. The ITA reports that a sample collected during an in-competition testing mission on 26 September 2021 during the 2021 European...

19/11/2021

Qatar: Ensure fair trial for Abdullah Ibhais

• Abdullah Ibhais, the former communications director for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizers the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, is today entering his fifth day of hunger strike after being arrested and arbitrarily detained on 15 November. Abdullah’s case has been fraught with fair trial violations, and he...

18/11/2021

The ITA asserts 13 rule violations against weightlifters following a re-analysis campaign of 2012 samples

• The International Testing Agency (ITA), leading an independent anti-doping program for the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), asserts anti-doping rule violations against 13 weightlifters after the reanalysis of samples collected in 2012. In the scope of the work carried out by the ITA on the series of allegations of...

18/11/2021

53rd World Athletics Congress sets ambitious course for the sport

The 53rd Congress of World Athletics has concluded following the adoption of a series of important initiatives designed to accelerate the growth of the sport through the next decade. Today the Congress approved the World Plan 2022-2030 which sets clear objectives against World Athletics’ vision for the sport. It builds...

16/11/2021

Statement on the International Olympic Committee’s Issued Gender Identity Framework

The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) framework on gender identity and sex variations is a significant step forward in sport’s recognition of human rights. This statement is a courageous and informed admission that previous Consensus Statements were not correct. The principles on which the Framework is based provide the platform for...

16/11/2021

Statement on the Release of the International Olympic Committee’s New Framework on Fairness, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination

Since 2018, Shift has been advising the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on a range of topics related to the organization’s responsibility to respect human rights. Today, the IOC released its new Framework on Fairness, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination on the basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations, which is the...

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