4th June 2021

Sport Integrity Briefs – 4 June 2021

Yana Sizikova has been arrested and detained at the French Open as part of a French investigation into match-fixing. ‘It can be assumed that this is a continuation of a story that began in October last year’, read a statement from the Russian Tennis Federation (ФТР), referring to reports that French police were investigating large amounts of money placed on a service break in a doubles match. ‘The investigation is being conducted by French law enforcement agencies. At the same time, according to our information, the Russian consulate in Paris was informed about the incident. The Federation will be able to comment on the details of this case only after receiving the details of the charges against Yana.’

Singh’s case could have implications for Alex Schwazer…

• Motorbike rider Vijay Singh has been cleared after DNA analysis revealed that a November 2018 sample that returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for stanozolol was not his, reports New Indian Express. It is understood that Singh appealed to the High Court, after the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA India) had refused to release his sample for analysis in London, despite Singh having paid the costs. Last month, the Swiss Federal Tribunal rejected an appeal by Alex Schwazer to lift an eight year ban imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), despite a Bolzano prosecutor concluding that the levels of Schwazer’s DNA in his sample were physioloigically impossible.

Taha Yassine Khenissi of Esperance de Tunis has been sanctioned with a 12 month ban by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ending on 19 May 2022. Khenissi returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for an unnamed prohibited substance at the CAF Champions League game between MC Alger and Esperance de Tunis on 10 May.

Jean Pascal, the WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion, writes that he is ‘shocked and embarrassed’ after reporting adverse analytical findings (AAF) for a reported four prohibited substances. ‘I’m one of the first modern boxers to insist on random testing and I’ve passed countless tests during my 13 years at the highest level of boxing’, he wrote on Facebook (below). ‘I want to assure all my fans that this is an isolated incident and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to prove it. My strength and conditioning coach was fired last night. I realize that no matter what I say, this is a stain on my name and l’m determined to wash it out.’

Sumit Malik has been provisionally suspended by United World Wrestling (UWW) after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a prohibited substance, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) told Reuters. It is understood that Sumit has requested the analysis of his B sample. If it confirms the A sample analysis, India is set to lose a qualification spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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