10th December 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 10 December 2018

• The Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC) has absolved Dallas Seavey of any responsibility for a positive test reported by his dogs after the 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. It is understood that the Musher’s legal team argued that tramadol detected in the urine of the dogs was administered post race. ‘The ITC concludes that it is not credible that Dallas was involved, and he is found to have committed no wrong doing’, read a statement. ‘Whatever happened was completely beyond his control’. The ITC added that is has added precautions including sealing food drop bags with tamper-proof zip ties; as well as 24/7 surveillance at four checkpoints along the route.

James Mwangi Wangari, winner of the 2016 Copenhagen Half Marathon, has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for testosterone, reports the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). 

• The International Ski Federation (FIS) is investigating whether Stefan Luitz broke rules by using an oxygen mask ahead of his 2 December victory in the World Cup giant slalom at Beaver Creek, Colorado, reports the Associated Press. The course started at an altitude of 3,152 metres, and Article 2.12 of the FIS Anti-Doping Rules prohibits use of oxygen masks ahead of races.

• The Stockholm District Court has ruled that although ‘it may be considered common ground that the two indictees made overtures towards the AIK goalkeeper involving so-called match-fixing […] the coversation between the parties did not have sufficiently concrete content to become punishable under the law.’ The judgment means that former AIK Stockholm player Dickson Etuhu had been cleared of attempting to fix an 18 May match between AIK and IFK Gothenburg. The game was suspended after the AIK goalkeeper reported that he had been offered a large sum of money.

• The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is seeking a new host for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), after withdrawing Cameroon’s right to host the tournament at an Executive Committee meeting at the end of November. ‘After significant debate and having received detailed updates from numerous inspection visits over nearly 18 months, CAF has noted that a number of compliance conditions have not been met’, read a CAF statement. ‘In addition, after having heard from representatives of the governmental and sports authorities of Cameroon, and reviewed the latest progress on preparations, CAF notes the gap between the requirements of hosting the AFCON and realities on the ground. Furthermore, after hearing the conclusions of the CAF Security Inspection Team during their most recent visit to Cameroon, CAF concludes that the Africa Cup of Nations could not be exposed to any issues that could impact on the success of the most prestigious African competition. After having considered that a simple postponement of the tournament was impossible because of CAF’s contractual commitments, and the importance of maintaining the competition calendar, the CAF Executive Committee decided that the next edition of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations could not be held in Cameroon.’

• Two British citizens allegedly linked to match-fixing syndicates have been arrested at Kingsmead Stadium in South Africa during the 7 December Mzansi Super League (MSL) match between Durban Heat and Jozi Stars, reports the Sunday Tribune. It has since been reported that the two men were on a list of alleged match-fixing offenders who are banned from attending cricket games anywhere in the world.

• Former FIFA Executive Committee member Rafael Salguero has been ordered to pay back the US$288,000 he received in bribes relating to sale of TV and marketing rights to football tournaments, reports AFP. Salguero, who has been under house arrest since pleading guilty to the charges in October 2016, has also been sentenced to time served and two years’ probation. Salguero’s arrest was part of the FIFAGate corrupt investigation by US authorities that led to the downfall of former FIFA President Joesph Blatter.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published a revised version of its International Standards for Testing and Investigations (ISTI), which will enter into force on 1 March 2019. The new version includes enhanced criteria for sample collection equipment, following issues identified with sample collection bottles earlier this year. The document also features a revised version of Annex L of the Results Management Requirements and Procedures for the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP). This involves a revised Technical Document for Endogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids; and the development of a new Technical Document for Athlete Passport Management Units.

• New Zealand Police confirmed that they have been conducting ‘further enquiries in the Auckland region’ in relation to Operation Inca, an investigation by its Organised Crime Group into race fixing in the Harness Racing industry. Thirteen people have been charged to date, following information provided by New Zealand’s Racing Integrity Unit (RIU).

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