10th May 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 10 May 2019

• Nigerian hudler Glory Onome Nathaniel has been sanctioned with a four year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving stanozolol. The full decision in her case, issued by Sports Resolutions (PDF below), reveals that a Fact Finding Committee of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) considered whether Blessing Ogundiran, another Nigerian athlete, had used the substance to influence the result of the test on Nathaniel. Blessing alleged that Coach Abiodun Ibrahim Friday had provided athletes with supplements and injected them at a training camp. Four other athletes refuted Blessing’s allegations. The sole adjudicator in the case concluded that Nathaniel had failed to prove that Blessing had contaminated her food with stanozolol.

• The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has confirmed Kesniya Savina has been sanctioned with a 12 year ban from 6 May 2019 and her coach, Aleksei Savin, has been sanctioned with a four year ban from 3 April 2019. Savina was sanctioned for three anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs), reveals the list of first instance decisions published by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). There were presence of erythropoietin (EPO); tampering with doping control; and complicity. Savin was also charged with tampering and complicity. The full AIU decision involving Savina is available here; and the full decision involving Savin is available here. Savina was also being investigated after it emerged that she had used her friend’s Ukrainian passport to compete internationally, in violation of the IAAF’s ban.

Chelsea FC has confirmed that it will appeal against a FIFA decision to not overturn a transfer ban imposed for breaching its rules relating to the international transfer of U18 players to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). FIFA did partially uphold Chelsea’s appeal, ruling that Chelsea’s breaches, involving 29 minor players, involved prohibitions from internationally transferring or registering foreign minor players for the first time. It decided that the ban will not stop Chelsea from registering U16 players who do not fall under the scope of Article 19 of its Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players. Article 19 prohibits the international transfer of U18 players, but permits the international transfer of players aged 16-18 if they are based in a European country, if certain conditions are met.

• The Doping Review Board of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has revoked the Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) status of Igor Obraztsov. The IAAF said that it had taken the decision had been taken after the Russian sprinter returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) at a 9 April out of competition test. 

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