News 21 March 2015

March 13-20: Issues you may have missed…

Each week, the Sports Integrity Initiative brings you some of the issues concerning sports integrity that you may have missed. For the past week, these are as follows:

• France’s Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) will formally announce its decision to relegate Nimes Olympique from Ligue 2 for match-fixing on Monday. The LFP will also announce what sanctions will be issued to the other clubs involved in its investigation, which relates to the 2013/14 season.

• The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will hear a case regarding use of inside information for betting purposes involving two jockeys on Monday. Seven days have been set aside for the hearing.

• The World Anti-Doping Organisation (WADA) is launching an updated Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS), which will not only make it easier for athletes to comply with their obligations, but will also make it easier for figures on testing to be reported.

• Government compliance with the UNESCO International Convention on Doping in Sport is currently only tested through a self-assessment questionnaire, which has been sent out to signatories for completion by October. WADA is working with UNESCO to see how compliance can be enhanced.

• UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) figures published in 2012 showed that 44% of doping positives were related to ‘sports nutritional products’.

WADA is producing a new report on anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) covering the 2013 year. This will reveal over 200 non-analytical findings for 2013, and will also track adverse analytical findings (AAFs) against anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs).

Adrian Mutu owes Chelsea £14.2 million as a result of his dismissal and subsequent lawsuit following a positive test for cocaine.

UKAD (pictured at Tackling Doping in Sport 2015) has prosecuted 50% more cases during the last 12 months than during the previous year. UKAD said that this was due to the 2015 Code’s requirement for anti-doping organisations (ADOs) to use intelligence to catch cheats.

Martin Kennedy, who plays for Sydney Roosters in Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL), has launched legal proceedings, after the NRL suspended him based on allegations of possession and use of banned substances.

Amantle Montsho will appeal a two-year sanction, after the former 400m women’s champion tested positive for methylhexaneamine at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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