28th June 2021

Sport Integrity Briefs – 28 June 2021

• Ireland’s Agriculture Committee has asked trainer Jim Bolger, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB), Horse Racing Ireland, and the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association (IRHTA) to a 7 July meeting to discuss allegations of doping, reports Sky Sports. In a two part interview (Part 1, Part 2) for the Irish Independent, Bolger told journalist Paul Kimmage that doping is the biggest problem in Irish racing, and that he knows who the cheats are. ‘The IHRB can once again stress there is a zero-tolerance approach to doping in Irish racing’, read an IHRB statement. ‘The IHRB will continue our extensive testing programme with 5,000 samples in 2021, once again including every race winner, additional raceday samples, out of competition samples and now also at unlicenced premises following on from the receipt of Authorised Officer status for 12 employees of the IHRB last month which allows us to access and sample any thoroughbred at any time in Ireland’. 

Constant Omari, former Chair of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, has agreed a one year ban and a €66,444 fine in a plea bargain with his former employer. An investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee found that Omari had accepted and received benefits worth €66,444 from Lagardère Sports in relation to negotiation he conducted for an agreement between the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Lagardère for the commercialisation of certain TV rights licensed to LC2, and to the collection of LC2’s outstanding debt. Omari led the negotiations on behalf of the CAF, which resulted in contractual provisions that were financially damaging to the CAF, said FIFA.

• India’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA India) sanctioned 23 athletes for anti-doping rule violations during May, with bans ranging from six months to four years. The sanctioned athletes (see below) include Anshula Rao, understood to be the first cricketer sanctioned since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) agreed to allow NADA India to test its athletes in 2019.

• Italian weightlifter Francesco Tirabasso has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for oxandrolone, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. Tirabasso returned his AAF at the qualifiers for the Italian Masters Bench Press Championships in Oratino on 2 May.

World Athletics has approved the application of 61 Russian athletes to compete internationally as Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANAs), whilst the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) remains suspended. A total of 123 Russian athletes have so far been declared eligible to compete as authorised neutral athletes in 2021, and five applications have been rejected. However, no more than 10 Russian athletes will be granted eligibility to compete as ANAs at any championship competition, including the Tokyo 202 Olympics, World Athletics Series events and the 2021 European U23 Championships.

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