1st June 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 1 June 2020

• The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics has published sanctions involving anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) committed by three athletes. Indian distance runner Karanjit Kaur has been sanctioned with a four year ban from 15 December 2019 for an ADRV involving Enobosarm. In the Full Decision, Kaur initially claimed that she had been given medication containing the drug, but later admitted the ADRV. Kenyan distance runner Mikel Kiprotich Mutai was sanctioned with a four year ban for an ADRV involving metabolites of nandrolone (click here for the Full Decision). Stanislas Tsivonchyk, a Belarusian pole vaulter, has been sanctioned with a two year ban from 20 February 2019, after reanalysis of a sample he gave at the London 2012 Olympics returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for oral Turinabol (DHCMT).

• A baseball and volleyball player have been sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) involving prohibited substances, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced. Baseball player Magomed Kurbanov (Магомеда Курбанова) has been sanctioned with a four year ban from 14 August 2019; and volleyball player Vyacheslav Rudnev (Вячеслава Руднева) has been sanctioned with a two year ban from 21 February 2020. A statement from Rudnev’s club said that the prohibited substance detected in his sample ‘is household in nature’, and therefore responsibility lies with the athlete. A later interview with Alexey Berlin (Алексей Березин), a Director of Rudnev’s club, revealed that the substance involved was levoamphetamine.

• Weightlifting Coach Khaled Korany Mohamed Hassan has been provisionally suspended by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). A statement said that Korany has been charged with violations of Article 2.8 and 2.9 of the IWF’s Anti-Doping Policy, which cover administration or attempted administration of a prohibited substance or method; and complicity. Details regarding the charges against Korany were not announced, but InsideTheGames reported that seven athletes at a 2016 Egyptian Weightlifting Federation (EWF) youth training camp – where Korany was coach – tested positive for methandienone, all of which were U18.

• The international federation of football associations (FIFA) has compiled two documents designed to assist football’s stakeholders in assessing whether it is safe to resume competition in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. A Risk Assessment Tool, available to download here in Microsoft Excel format, and a document detailing Medical Considerations for a Return to Footballing Activity, which can be downloaded in PDF format.

• World Athletics is seeking two international experts to oversee its plan for the reinstatement of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF). Fluency in Russian is a requirement for one of the experts. Click here to download the role specifications.

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