11th August 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 August 2017

• The Austrian anti-doping commission (ÖADR) has provisionally suspended cyclist Lucas Schwarz, after he returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for erythropoietin (EPO) during a 20 June out of competition (OOC) test. Schwarz will be suspended from 1 August, read an ÖADR statement. He has also been provisionally suspended by the Tirol professional cycling team. The ÖADR has also sanctioned jockey Simone Allmer with a six month ban, after her horse tested positive for triamcinolone.

• Approximately 750 samples will be collected at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade, which takes place from 19-30 August. Testing will begin when the Athlete’s Village opens tomorrow, and 10% of the samples will be taken outside of competition. FISU said that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited Tokyo laboratory will be used for sample analysis.

• Just nine countries remain that have not ratified the UNESCO International Convention Against Doping in Sport, after Sierra Leone became the 186th country to ratify the Convention. The UNESCO Convention outlines obligations by governments to adopt ‘appropriate measures’ consistent with the principles of the World Anti-Doping Code; to encourage international efforts to protect athletes and ethics in sport; and to foster international cooperation against doping – with WADA in particular. The countries that have yet to ratify the Convention are Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, South Sudan, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Timor Leste, and Niue.

• England’s Football Association (FA) has agreed a financial settlement with Eniola Aluko, after she was not selected for the England women’s team after making allegations of bullying and harassment against England team manager Mark Sampson. It is understood that a report commissioned by the FA found no evidence of wrongdoing by Sampson, or his staff.

• The bronze medalist in shooting at the Islamic Solidarity Games has been sanctioned with a four-year ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for beta-blockers, reports The Nation. Pakistani shooter M Shehzad Akhtar was sanctioned by the Anti-Doping Organisation of Pakistan (ADOP) after returning a positive at the Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, earlier this year, reports the newspaper. Following the incident, the National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP) is considering introducing doping tests for competition winners, according to local reports.

• Russian ice-hockey club AK Bars has terminated its contract with Danis Zaripov, after the player was sanctioned with a two-year ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a stimulant, diuretics and a masking agent. Zaripov was one of three players sanctioned by Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) on 25 July.

• The Brazilian swimming federation (CBDA) has created an anti-doping organisation headed by Fernando Solera, it announced on 9 August.

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