News 6 April 2015

March 27 – April 3: 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:

• Eleven football players and two foreign businessmen accused of fixing games involving El Salvador’s national team were acquitted of criminal charges on Friday 27 March. It is understood that prosecutors decided that the offences did not meet the seriousness required to warrant a criminal conviction. In October 2013, FIFA extended sanctions imposed on 14 players by the El Salvador football association to have a worldwide effect. El Salvador recently criminalised match-fixing.

• Yuri Sucart pleaded guilty to charges of distributing human growth hormone (HGH) in a US court on Friday 27 March. Sucart is cousin to Major League Baseball (MLB) player Alex Rodriguez, who was sanctioned for doping as part of the Biogenesis investigation.

• The Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI) independent licence commission held a hearing on whether to withdraw the Astana Pro Team’s licence on Thursday 2 April. Team President, Darkhan Kaletaev, has defended the team’s anti-doping policies in a statement on the team’s official internet site.

• The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has approved a proposal from the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) that the Code of Conduct regarding sponsorship of professional jockeys by bookmakers should be relaxed, on a trial basis. Betting organisations will now be able to sponsor individuals jockeys – previously they could only enter agreements involving 50 jockeys or more.

• FIFA’s new Regulations on Working with Intermediaries, which replace FIFA’s Players Agents Regulations, came into force on 1 April. You can read more about the logic behind the new regulations through this FIFA media statement.

• Twenty-one Indian weightlifters have tested positive for various prohibited substances, various media sources have reported. The Indian Weightlifting Federation and National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) have yet to release a statement, as has the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

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