News 1st September 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 1 September

• The Swiss Federal Court has rejected the Russian Paralympic Committee’s (RPC) request for a temporary ruling allowing Russian para athletes to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The Federal Court said that the RPC had failed to show that it was in compliance with anti-doping rules; and that the interest in lifting the suspension outweighed the interest of the IPC in protecting against doping.On 7 August, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) suspended Russia from international competition, which had the effect of excluding Russia from the Rio 2016 Paralympics. An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) also failed.

• The National Football League (NFL) has cleared three players implicated in an Al Jazeera documentary, which last year alleged that a number of US athletes had been supplied with performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). ‘The NFL found no credible evidence that Pittsburgh’s James Harrison and Green Bay’s Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers were provided with or used substances prohibited under the NFL-NFLPA Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances following a comprehensive investigation’, read a statement. The documentary relied on claims made by Charlie Sly, who retracted his claims the day after the documentary aired, in a video which appeared to be scripted.

• The family of Patrick Hickey, former President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), have asked the Irish government to contact Brazilian authorities over his treatment, after he was arrested over allegations of illegal ticket selling at the Rio 2016 Olympics. ‘It was entirely inappropriate and unacceptable for a 71-year old Irish citizen to be taken from his bedroom, arrested and walked in a state of undress before a pre-arranged camera crew, after which film and still shots were released to the global media’, read a statement. In his own statement, Hickey has said that ‘there is no substantiative proof of any wrong doing on my part’.

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