News 23rd December 2020

Sport Integrity Briefs – 23 December 2020

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld a two year sanction imposed on Brazilian judoka Rafaela Silva, who won the -57kg category at the Lima 2019 PanAmerican Games. The CAS ruld that Silva couldn’t prove the route of ingestion of anti-asthmatic drug fenoterol, which she had argued was due to contact with a friend’s baby. The Brazilian judo federation (CBJ) said that it ‘regrets’ the CAS decision in a statement.

• The Indonesian government is to request accreditation from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for a new anti-doping laboratory being built in Solo, Central Java, so that it can analyse athlete samples for doping substances. “We plan to build a laboratory and apparently this news is supported by the Minister of Health”, said Indonesia’s Minister for Youth and Sport Zainudin Amali in a statement. “He appointed Solo City Orthopaedic Hospital so that it can be used as an anti-doping laboratory in Indonesia […] We will use it ourselves and other countries are also welcome to send samples and remain under the supervision of WADA regarding competence and so on, so that the results of these doping tests can be recognised internationally.”

Tatyana Kashirina (Татьяна Каширина), Russia’s five time world champion weightlifter, has been provisionally suspended based on analysis of data retrieved from the Moscow Laboratory, reports State news agency TASS. The provisional suspension has yet to be confirmed by Kashirina, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), or the Russian weightlifting federation (ФTAP). Oksana Slivenko (Оксана Сливенко), who won Gold in the -69kg category at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, was sanctioned with a two year ban from 2 February 2018, ФTAP also announced. The backdated ban has already been served.

• Updated Guidelines for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) have been released by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The revised International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE) comes into force on 1 January 2021. WADA has also released updated Guidelines for Results Management to support Anti-Doping Organisations (ADOs) in their implementation of the new International Standard for Results Management (ISRM), which comes into force on 1 January 2021. WADA has also published Technical Letters for Laboratories regarding analysis for particular substances; and Laboratory Technical Documents for 2021.

• A total of 449 cortisol level tests were conducted during the 2020 season, none of which reported an anomaly, announced the movement for credible cycling (MPCC). In September, WADA agreed to prohibit all injectable forms of glucocorticoid use from 1 January 2022. The MPCC is also to formally request that WADA add ketones to the WADA monitoring programme.

UK Sport reported a loss of £2 million for 2019/20 compared to a profit of £3.7 million for 2018/19, its annual accounts reveal. Expenditure rose from £69.6 million in 2018/19 to £83.3 million for 2019/20, which wiped out an increase in income from £73.4 million in 2018/19 to £81.4 million for 2019/20. The report mentions 24 complaints relating to sporting issues in 2019/20, compared to ten in 2018/19, which UK Sport referred to the relevant sports governing body.

UEFA has launched a documentary which it hopes will highlight issues of discrimination in football, enabling them to be tackled effectively. The documentary can be viewed for free on by clicking here.

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