1st June 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 1 June 2018

• Athletics Kenya’s Rio 2016 delegation manager, Michael Rotich, has been charged with conspiracy to promote the use of prohibited substances in sport, reports The Star. The Kenyan newspaper reports that Rotich utilised St. Luke’s Orthopaedic Hospital in Eldoret to supply prohibited substances to athletes. This is the same hospital that was at the centre of allegations that prohibited substances were supplied to 50 European athletes. In November last year, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) dropped an investigation after concluding that documentation relating to UK athletes had been faked. However UKAD told The Sports Integrity Initiative that it would be watching the outcome of the criminal investigation into Rotich closely.

• The Swiss Federal Tribunal has suspended a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision to increase a six month ban on Paolo Guerrero to 14 months, which means the Peruvian captain will be able to take part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. ‘The ban, which the CAS increased from six months to fourteen months due to a violation of FIFA’s anti-doping rules, has no effect for the time being’, reads a statement. ‘As a consequence, Paolo Guerrero will take part in FIFA’s next FIFA World Cup […] In addition, FIFA and WADA have both come to the conclusion that they are not categorically opposed to the complainant’s participation in the World Cup.’

• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has provisionally suspended five weightlifters after they reported adverse analytical findings (AAFs). Marcos Ruiz Velasco (Spain) has been provisionally suspended after returning an AAF for testosterone; Anastasiya Ibrahimli (Azerbaijan) has been provisionally suspended due to an AAF for dehydrochloromethyltestosterone; Sanjita Chamu Khumukcham (India) has been provisionally suspended due to an AAF for testosterone; Witoon Mingmoon (Thailand) has been provisionally suspended after returning an AAF for 5a-androstane-3a,17b-diol (5aAdiol); and Iuri Dudoglo (Moldova) has been provisionally suspended after returning an AAF for clenbuterol. Dudoglo is already serving a period of ineligibility until 1 May 2025.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec are seeking applications for research projects on the application and impact of artificial intelligence in the area of anti-doping. The deadline for proposal submission is 28 September 2018.

• Dr. Una May, head of anti-doping at the Sport Ireland, has said that the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) agreed in April that Sport Ireland would receive the addresses of Gaelic Athletic Association (GPA) players for testing purposes. “That agreement was that, in 2019, we would expect to receive the addresses of players for them to receive their grants and that information would be used initially for the purposes of intelligence”, May told the Irish Independent. The newspaper reports that the GPA has sent GAA players an update accusing Sport Ireland of withholding the payment of 2017 and future State grants unless GPA members sign up to new measures, including provision of home address for testing. Sport Ireland argues that it already has the right to test players at home. The GPA argues that this only applies to players who are members of a Registered Testing Pool (RTP), and the new agreement would subject all inter-county players to testing, which it argues is an unreasonable demand in amateur sport.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published TD2018BARBlood Analytical Requirements for the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP). It replaces TD2017BAR, which has been modified to introduce mandatory requirements for laboratories to report blood analyzer type and two additional blood variables (i.e., platelets and white blood cells) into the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS). The deadline for WADA-accredited and WADA-approved laboratories to implement TD2018BAR is 1 July 2018.

• The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Paralympic Committee (APC) will fly Jared Tallent and Chris Bond to the First World Anti-Doping Ageny (WADA) Athlete Forum, which takes place in Canada from 3-5 June. The agenda for the Forum is available here.

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