1st July 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 1 July 2019

• The International Cycling Union (UCI) has opened an investigation into Patrick Van Gansen (pictured), General Manager of the Healthmate – Cyclive Team. In an Open Letter published by Wielerflits, ‘multiple’ former team riders backed four cyclists who had accused Van Gansen of inappropriate behaviour. In a statement of reply, Van Gansen said he had lodged a criminal complaint for defamation.

• The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) has implemented a number of emergency measures after a Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) investigation found that up to 6,000 greyhounds are being killed each year for not being quick enough. It is understood that the statistics are from a confidential Report prepared for the IGB by Preferred Results Ltd., which was never published. RTÉ said that it sought access to the Report under Ireland’s Freedom of Information Act, but was refused. ‘The Board has instructed that the Prime Time programme be reviewed in depth by the executive of the IGB to identify any actions that require to be followed up by the IGB’, read a statement. ‘The Board will be seeking that RTE provides the IGB with all documented evidence gathered while researching the programme so that any breaches of the law can be pursued’.

• Cyclists Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler have been sanctioned with four year bans for autologous blood doping, the Austrian anti-doping commission (ÖADR) has announced. Denifl confessed to blood doping and Preidler reported his involvement to police, after both were implicated in the Operation Aderlass doping investigations in Austria and Germany. In addition, the ÖADR has provisionally suspended triathlete Emanuel Moser, after charging him with a number of offences. ‘There is a concrete suspicion that the defendant […] from mid 2015 onwards, encouraged an guided other athletes on anti-doping rule violations and assisted them in these violations, and agreed to engage in targeted action with others’, read a statement. The ÖADR also announced the American Football player Martin Winkler has been provisionally suspended after returning an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine, and octodrine/heptaminol on 22 April. 

• Discus athlete Arina Moses (Арина Моисеева) has been sanctioned with a four year ban after returning adverse analytical findings (AAF) for methylhexanamine, 1,3-dimethylbutylamine and LGD-4033, the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) announced. Moses tested positive on 12 January, during an in-competition test at a Championship in the Siberian Federal District of Irkutsk. 

Tania Mascorro of Mexico and Luis Coca Sierra of the Dominican Republic have returned adverse analytical findings (AAF) for boldenone and its metabolites, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced. Mascorro won Bronze in the +87kg category at the Pan American Championships in April last year, where the two AAFs are understood to have occurred. Coca Sierra finished fourth in the +109kg category.

• More than 100 cases of suspected Russian doping are being prepared, based on data and samples retrieved from the Moscow Laboratory, reports the Associated Press. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) did not gain access to the samples until 30 April this year, after the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (SKR or Sledcom) sealed them off after launching a criminal investigation in June 2016, which was never completed. WADA was given a copy of the Moscow Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) by Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, former Director of the Laboratory, in November 2017. The SKR has claimed that this copy of the LIMS database may be unreliable, arguing that it confiscated the authentic version as part of criminal charges against Dr. Rodchenkov and his former assistant, Tim Sobolevsky.

Martin Maes has been sanctioned with a 90-day suspension for a non-intentional anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced. The Belgian endurance cyclist returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for probenecid from two samples collected on 24 and 31 March 2019.

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and AC Milan have agreed to publish a Consent Award in which the Italian club agrees to a ban from UEFA club competitions in the 2019/2020 season for breaches of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations during the 2015/2016/2017 and the 2016/2017/2018 monitoring periods. 

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