News 1st February 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 1 Feb. 2016

• The UK Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Select Committee has released a transcript of the oral evidence given by Ed Warner, Chairman of UK Athletics and Nicole Sapstead, CEO of UK Anti-Doping as part of its inquiry into blood doping. You can read a summary of the main arguments in the 26 January hearing here; an interview with Warner here and an interview with Sapstead here.

• Recently retired Bulgarian wrestler Stanka Zlateva, who took silver at two Olympic Games, has said she was once offered money to lose a world Championship final. “I was offered money at a world championship but for me, it’s much more important to win”, Zlateva told Bulgarian national television, reported Reuters.

• The Guatemalan football association (FEDEFUT) has reported that ‘some players’ who took part in the semi-finals and the finals of the 2015/16 Torneo Apertura have reported adverse analytical findings. In a statement, FEDEFUT said that it would not be commenting on the issue. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that almost US$1 million went missing from FEDEFUT last year.

FIFA has released a series of documents relating to the upcoming Extraordinary Congress on 26 February, which will elect a new FIFA President, through a new section on its internet site. These include frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the elections and the statutory reforms due to be approved at the Congress, and a video about FIFA’s proposals to reform itself. The five candidates admitted by the FIFA Ad-hoc Electoral Committee are listed in this FIFA circular.

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