10th November 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 10 November 2020

• The Cyprus football association (KOP) has received a report from UEFA suggesting suspicious betting activity during the 30 October Second Division match between Aris Limassol and Alki Oroklini, it announced on Monday. The KOP said that it has informed the police, and the ‘relevant disciplinary regulation’ that applies to the Second Division would be applied. It is understood that this involves fining clubs implicated in suspicious betting activity €50,000 each. Earlier this month, FIFPro questioned whether such decisions should be made using betting data alone.

Nino di Francesco, winner of the Pescara Marathon on 18 October, has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for D-Amphetamine, Italy’s anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. It is understood that 41 year old Di Francesco took ten seconds of his 2018 personal best, finishing the marathon in 2:39:52.

• An amateur cyclist and an amateur footballer have both been sanctioned with four year bans, Anti-Doping Switzerland announced. The 32 year old amateur cyclist used amphetamine, cocaine and ephedrine and, in addition, either sold or attempted to sell erythropoietin (EPO), testosterone, amphetamine and ephedrine. The amateur footballer attempted to use imported testosterone and clomiphene.

Martin Stöckinger has been sanctioned with a two year ban by the Austrian anti-doping rights commission (ÖADR) for possession on erythropoietin (EPO). The ÖADR found that the former cross country skier ‘acquired and owned’ 12,000 IU (International Units) of EPO ‘at least twice’ between mid-2012 and mid-2014. His ban runs from 29 October 2020 until 29 October 2022. Click here to download the Decision in Austrian.

• The Botswana Athletics Association has written to the University of Botswana Athletics Club due to concerns that Lydia Jele may have trained at the National Stadium in June and July, reports MmegiOnline. Jele is currently serving a four year ban ending on 15 October next year, after retuning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for metandienone in September 2017. Article 10.12.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code prevents athletes serving a sanction from training with any club or organisation affiliated to a Code signatory, except towards the very end of their ban.

• Brazilian police are investigating the possibility that football matches in São Gonçalo, the metropolitan region of Rio, are being organised in order to promote drug sales, reports Globo. It is understood that police also want to speak to any players that took part in the ‘Classic of the Millions’ match between Brejal FC and Malvadão FC on 4 October, which carried a R$50,000 (€7,400) prize. 

Matteo Spreafico has retuned two adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for Enobosarm (ostarine) in samples collected at the Giro d’Italia on 15 and 16 October, the international cycling union (UCI) announced. The Italian has been provisionally suspended.

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