News 28th March 2015

March 20-27: 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:

• Germany’s Federal Government passed a draft law designed to criminalise doping on Wednesday 25 March. Federal Minister for Justice, Heiko Maas, said that countries with anti-doping laws should have an advantage over countries without such laws when bidding for the Olympic Games. Hamburg is bidding to host the 2024 Olympics.

• The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is to host its hearing into whether the Astana professional cycling team should be allowed to keep its WorldTour Licence on 2 April, reports Le Monde.

• Police in Montenegro have arrested a number of football players in connection with alleged match-fixing, according to local media reports. The arrests follow an investigation by the Montenegrin FA, UEFA and the state prosecutor’s office.

• The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has launched a task force designed to tackle corruption and match-fixing in Vietnamese football. The task force was launched at the end of a conference held in association with the Vietnamese government, FIFA and Interpol on 20 March.

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has proposed 10 June as a date to hear the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI) appeal against the Czech Olympic Committee’s decision to acquit Roman Kreuziger, after irregularities were found in his biological passport during 2012. You can read more about this case here.

• The Bulgarian Weightlifting Federation has suspended itself from the upcoming European Weightlifting Championships, 10-18 April in Tbilisi, after 11 athletes tested positive. You can read more about this case here.

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