News 13 March 2015

March 7-13 briefs: integrity issues you may have missed…

In a new weekly feature, the Sports Integrity Initiative will bring you some of the issues concerning sports integrity that you may have missed. For this inaugural week, these are as follows:

• The Australian Football League’s (AFL) Anti-Doping Tribunal will publish its decision regarding supplement use by Essendon players on 31 March. The case involves 34 current and former Essendon players, plus a support person. You can read more about the case here.

Roman Keruziger is hoping that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hear his appeal against a doping ban before the Giro d’Italia, which begins 7 May. In a post on his blog, the cyclist says that the Union Cycliste Internationale and the World Anti-Doping Agency rejected a mid-April date, as ‘their lawyers didn’t have time’. You can read more about Kreuziger’s case here.

• The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to examine ‘the restrictive and abusive practices of international sport federations, such as denying their members the right to take part in alternative sport events that are not sanctioned by the respective federations and imposing life bans on athletes, officials and coaches on participation in competitions such as the Olympic Games and world championships in case of non-compliance’. The proposal, which was adopted on 10 March, also calls for ‘further investigation […] into sports clubs (particularly football clubs) which owe millions to the social security authorities without those sums being paid by them or reclaimed by government, as this may constitute de facto state aid’.

John Daly has claimed that he knows he will be tested for doping by the PGA Tour after the second round of the Valspar Championship, which takes place today. “I know when I’m getting drug tested”, the golfer told his Sirius XM PGA Tour radio show. “I’m going to play 1:50 on Friday, so they’re [going to] get me about 6:52, 7 o’clock. It’s not random. It’s a big joke.” The PGA Tour has yet to respond.

• The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has asked the public to confirm whether a long list of players were ever registered with clubs in Ghana. The GFA made the request after football associations asked it for International Transfer Certificates (ITC) to confirm whether the players actually are of Ghanian origin. The list of players is available here.

• The Pool Association of Uganda (PAU) has stripped the Ntinda Pool Club of the 2014 PAU Pool League One title, after finding it guilty of match-fixing. The club will also start the 2015 season with a nine point penalty. You can access the verdict here.

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