10th May 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 10 May 2021

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected an appeal from Zelimkhan Khadjiev and the French federation of wrestling and associated disciplines (FFLDA) against a four year ban issued by United World Wrestling (UWW) on 6 July 2020 for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving trimetazidine. Khadjiev tested positive after the 2019 UWW Senior World Championships, in which he won a Bronze in the 74kg category. He admitted the ADRV, which he attributed to taking Vastarel to combat angina, but argued that the test should be void as the chaperone taking his urine sample was female and not male. Khadjiev and the FFLDA also questioned the validity of trimetazidine’s status as prohibited. The CAS rejected both arguments.

Davide Di Roberto, a rugby union player with S.S. Lazio Rugby 1927, has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of cocaine, Italy’s anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. Di Roberto returned his AAF on 10 April at a Peroni Top10 match against Rugby Calvisano ARL in Rome.

Medina Spirit, the winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby, has tested positive for betamethasone in excess of permitted levels. ‘The connections of Medina Spirit have the right to request a test of a split sample and we understand they intend to do so’, read a statement from Churchill Downs, where the 1 May Derby is held. ‘To be clear, if the findings are upheld, Medina Spirit’s results in the Kentucky Derby will be invalidated and Mandaloun will be declared the winner’. Amr Zedan, the owner of the horse, told Thoroughbred Daily News that Medina Spirit has never been treated with the corticosteroid.

• The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has launched an investigation into the death of 19 year old boxer Rashed Al-Swaisat, who collapsed in the third round of his bout with Anton Winogradow at the Youth World Championship in Poland on April 16. ‘Deaths in boxing are extremely rare and AIBA is determined to ensure that the circumstances of this tragedy are fully and completely clarified and that any and all lessons are learned, in order to maintain its total commitment to the wellbeing of boxers’, read a statement‘AIBA will continue to do everything it can to support Rashed’s family, friends and teammates at this immensely difficult time’.

• The German Olympic committee (DOSB) will investigate claims about the conduct of its leadership received via a 6 May letter. ‘The Presidium and Board of Directors have asked the DOSB’s independent ethics committee to clarify and evaluate the allegations in order to be able to draw the necessary conclusions based on them’, read a statement. ‘At the same time, the Presidium and Executive Board will deal with the allegations in various formats in an open, close dialogue with the employees and identify and implement starting points for changes’.

The letter from the three Scottish leagues

• The East, South, and West of Scotland Football Leagues have criticised a proposal to allow Celtic and Rangers B teams to play in the Scottish Lowlands Football League (SLFL) next season – effectively, the fifth tier. ‘The discussions, which are at an early stage, have come following an invite to open talks from the Lowland League to both clubs to help solve the gap which exists in the player development pathway in Scotland, helping some of the countries best young players for a year, and also bringing significant benefit to the Lowland League and our clubs’, read an SLFL statement‘Discussions have been productive and will continue over the coming days. We share a common consensus with Rangers and Celtic that player development and the importance of the pyramid system need to be priorities for the game in Scotland.’ A joint statement from the three football leagues (see right) argued that the SLFL had not discussed the proposal with other clubs, which they said risks damaging the pyramid structure and integrity of Scottish football. ‘In our opinion, there is no sporting integrity with this proposal, nor commitments to the pyramid from the SLFL should they permit the Old Firm [Celtic and Rangers] Colt teams to join what will become the middle tier of the game, to play a series of friendly matches throughout the season with no prospect of either of the Colt teams gaining promotion or relegation. It is our understanding that this pilot is for one season only. But what happens thereafter?’

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