News 11 May 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 May 2016

• The Brazilian Laboratory of Doping Control (LBCD) estimates it will collect over 5,000 samples during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and 1,200 during the Paralympics. The Brazilian Anti-Doping Control Authority (ABCD) told the Ministry of Sport that it has employed 96 of the 130/140 Doping Control Officers (DCOs) that will be needed by the time the Games open in July. During the 2016 Games, the laboratory will work 24 hours, seven days a week. The Brazilian government has invested R$151.3 million (€38.2 million) in a new building to house the LBCD.

• The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has decided to lift the provisional suspension of Eduard Vorganov (pictured), who returned a positive adverse analytical finding (AAF) for meldonium on 14 January. ‘The case is not yet resolved as the results management is ongoing’, read a UCI statement. ‘At this stage and until the adjudication of the case, the UCI will not comment any further. In April, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said that there have been 172 meldonium positives since the 2016 Prohibited List was introduced on 1 January. To view a table of those we know about, click here.

• A New Zealand rugby union player has been banned for six years for trafficking steroids. Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFNZ) announced that New Zealand Rugby had sanctioned Andrew Burne after he pleaded guilty to; use, possession and trafficking anabolic steroids.

• The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has reportedly lifted the bans imposed on 84 footballers charged with match-fixing in 1994. According to local newspaper The Star, the Deputy President of FAM, Datuk Seri Affandy Hamzah, said that all players were now ‘free to participate in all football-related activities’. The President of the Malaysian Football Coaches Association (MFCA) has reportedly urged those with lifted bans to return to the game as coaches. Six players serving life bans for match-fixing will reportedly have their bans appealed by FAM to the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and FIFA. Last month The Sports Integrity Initiative reported the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested four former footballers in connection with match-fixing in 2010.

WADA President Craig Reedie has suggested that a ‘form of tariff’ be imposed on media rights holders that pay for sports rights, to help fund the fight against doping. In an article for The Guardian, later published by WADA, Reedie suggested the idea of a 0.5% tariff on the estimated $35bn raised by annual media rights, which would ‘instantly put $175m more in the anti-doping coffers’.

• Two Malaysian weightlifters have tested positive for anabolic steroids, the Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF) has announced. According to local newspaper the New Strais Times, Constantine Clement and Mohd Nasir Roslan failed an out-of-competition test just before attending a training camp in China. In November last year another Malaysian weightlifter, Azril Huzairi Bin Ramli Mohammad returned an AAF for D-methamphetamine, a stimulant prohibited under Section S6 (stimulants) of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List.

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