11th November 2020

Sport Integrity Briefs – 11 November 2020

• Mexico’s ministry of finance and public credit (SHCP) is investigating a network of ghost companies allegedly involving former Chivas Director José Luis Higuera Barberi, reports Reforma. Higuera left the club in June last year, and is currently President of Atlético Morelia in the Liga BBVA Expansión. He was part of a consortium of businessmen that took control of the second division club in June this year. Neither of the two clubs, or the SHCP, has issued a statement. However, pop up windows have appeared on both the Liga MX and the Liga BBVA Expansión internet sites, highlighting that they partner with the Mexican football federation (FMF) to combat corruption.

Anti-doping Switzerland has announced that over 600 suspicious consignments are seized each year as part of a partnership with the country’s customs authority. In a statement, Anti-Doping Switzerland also warned about an ‘increasing number of consignments containing the substance dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)’. DHEA is an anabolic steroid precursor to testosterone and features on the Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

• An amateur footballer and an unregistered athlete have been sanctioned with eight year bans, while a baseball player and a taekwondo athlete have both been sanctioned with four year bans, Italy’s anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. Immacolato Coppola and Larysa Yarymchek were both sanctioned with eight year bans. A statement from Italy’s amateur football league, the Lega Nazionale Dilettanti (LND), referred to Yarymchek’s sanction. Alessandro Vaglio, a professional baseball player with Bologna, has been sanctioned with a four year ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for stanozolol in July. Taekwondo athlete Rose D’Alise has also been sanctioned with a four year ban. 

• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has appointed a five person Independent Disciplinary and Ethics Commission. The IWF announced that the members are Dr. Despina Mavromati; Andrew Minogue; Prof. Dr. Dr. Moni Wekesa; Yoshihiro Takatori; and Beatriz Merino.

• England’s Football Association (FA) confirmed that Chairman Greg Clarke has stepped down to be replaced by interim Chairman Peter McCormick. Clarke made comments referring to black players, Asian players, and women during an oral hearing of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee of the UK Parliament entitled Sport in our Communities. ‘2020 has been a challenging year and I have been actively considering standing down for some time to make way for a new Chair now our CEO transition is complete and excellent executive leadership under Mark Bullingham is established’, said Clarke in a statement. ‘My unacceptable words in front of Parliament were a disservice to our game and to those who watch, play, referee and administer it. This has crystallised my resolve to move on. I am deeply saddened that I have offended those diverse communities in football that I and others worked so hard to include.’

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