19th October 2021

Sport Integrity Briefs – 19 October 2021

• Oleg Matytsin (Олег Матыцин), Russia’s Minister of Sport, has Chaired the first meeting of the Russian Government Commission on the implementation of the UNESCO International Convention Against Doping in Sport. The composition of the Commission was approved by the Russian government on 6 October and includes Russia’s Ministry of Sport; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Internal Affairs; the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media; the Federal, Medical and Biological Agency; the Russian Olympic Committee; the Russian Paralympic Committee; and the Russian Deaflympic Committee. It does not include the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). “We invariably proceed from the fact that RUSADA is completely independent in its work”, Matytsin told the meeting. “At the same time, the Ministry is ready to assist RUSADA in fulfilling the Agency’s obligations under the Recovery Plan. These issues were discussed in detail during my meeting with WADA President Witold Bańka in September in Istanbul.”

• Distance runner Marco Bergo has been sanctioned with a one year ban from 7 September until 6 September 2022, Italy’s anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. Bergo returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for clostebol at the Tour Monviso Trail on 24 July 2021. His third place finish in the 42km race has been cancelled.

• Sportradar Integrity Services (SIS) announced it has begun delivering its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS) available free of charge to sporting federations, leagues, and State authorities from 13 October. The UFDS uses odds/line monitoring of over 600 global bookmakers; and account level monitoring of bet staking data from over 130 global bookmakers in order to assess suspicious betting patterns. SIS has detected over 1,100 suspicious sporting matches since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in April 2020, with 655 of those detected in the first nine months of 2021. Football is the most at risk, with more than 500 suspicious matches in 2021 to date. Approximately 40% of suspicious activities within domestic football comes from third tier leagues and below.

• The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) is seeking to recruit an Ethics Officer. ‘The Ethics Officer (OE) is an independent supervisor of the RusAF Code of Ethics (hereinafter – the Code), he or she will exercise all powers and perform all functions in accordance with the Code’, reads a description. ‘The Ethics Officer will act as an independent person in the implementation and maintenance of the Code with all applicable officials, receiving support from ARAF management in implementing the Code and its adherence to RusAF and Regional Athletics Federations’. The deadline for applications is 22 October and a full job description is available here, in Russian.

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