News 11th March 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 Mar. 2016

South Korea swimming corruption: The President of the Korea Swimming Federation (KSF), South Korea’s national governing body for the sport, will submit his resignation this month according to local media reports. Yonhap, a local news agency, has reported that Lee Ki-heung, told executives at a recent meeting that he will resign from his post following renewed scrutiny over corruption within the executive. Last month prosecutors raided the KSF following allegations of forging documents and syphoning off expenses by the Korean Republic’s Ministry of Culture.

Sharapova sponsorship extended: Tennis racquet manufacturer Head yesterday issued a statement saying that they were looking forward to working with tennis player Maria Sharapova and planning on ‘announcing new sponsorships in the weeks and months ahead’. The news comes following Sharapova’s admission that she tested positive for the banned drug meldonium in January.

Other sponsors of Sharapova, Nike and Porsche, have suspended their relationship with the tennis player, while Tag Heuer has decided against renewing its contract and Evian is monitoring the situation. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight, Head Chairman Johan Eliasch reportedly defended Sharapova and Head’s ensuing decision, saying that she ‘made an honest mistake, it was not with intent’.

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Italy match-fixing trial dates set: The date of an Italian match-fixing trial, in which the coach of the Italian football team, Antonio Conte, has been charged for failing to report an approach, has reportedly been set for April 4. According to Italian news agency ANSA, Conte’s ‘case should open on April 4, with the end of the defence arguments set for April 21’. Conte, who denies any wrongdoing, has already served a ban imposed by the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC). The ban was for alleged involvement in a match-fixing conspiracy, and was cut to four months on appeal. The trial is part of proceedings against 104 people who were charged with match-fixing in Italy last year.

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