11th May 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 May 2017

Miloš Nikolić, who plays for Red Star Belgrade, has returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for cocaine following a 7 March test at the Serbian ice-hockey semi-final. ‘Competence for dealing with this case is held by the Serbian ice-hockey association’, read a statement from the anti-doping agency of Serbia (ADAS). ‘It has temporarily suspended Nikolić until it makes a final decision’.

• Argentinean football club Athlético Tucumán has been informed by the Argentinean football association (AFA) that Emanuel Molina returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for betamethasone following a 12 March Primera División game against Sarmiento de Junín. The club confirmed the AAF in a statement on Twitter (below).

• Chilean cyclist Denisse Ahumada has been sanctioned with a four-year ban for possession of CERA and recombinant erythropoietin (rEPO), according to a list of sanctioned athletes published by the Chilean Comisión Nacionale de Controle de Dopage (CNCD). It is understood from local media reports that Ahumada was expelled from a national high performance centre after the substances were found in her room.

• The Indian football team’s goalkeeper Subrata Paul has three weeks to present his case to the country’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), after he returned an adverse analytical finding for terbutaline, reports Reuters. All but four beta-2 agonists are prohibited according to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List. A therapeutic use exemption (TUE) is required for use of salbutamol, salmeterol, formoterol and terbutaline, all of which are used to treat asthmatic conditions. More information about the substance is available here.

• The international federation of football associations (FIFA) has defended itself against accusations that the decision to replace Cornel Borbély and Hans-Joachim Eckert as heads of the two main chambers of its Ethics Committee was politically motivated. ‘The proposed list of candidates for the Audit and Compliance Committee, the Governance Committee and the judicial bodies was agreed to following a thorough consultation process involving FIFA and the six confederations’, read a statement. ‘The decision on the final list of candidates was then agreed to unanimously by the FIFA Council. These individuals have been chosen because they are recognised, high-profile experts in their respective fields. Moreover, they better reflect the geographic and gender diversity that must be a part of an international organisation like FIFA.’

• The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued a ‘notice of demand’ requesting an interview with National Bank of Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Nawaz regarding corruption. ‘This Notice of Demand has been issued under Article 4.3 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code and requires Nawaz to appear before the PCB Security and Vigilance Department for an interview in relation to possible breaches of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code’, reads a PCB statement. ‘Due to the sensitivity of the matters under question PCB shall not make any additional comments at this stage’. The PCB has charged five cricketers with breaching its Anti-Corruption Code in an ongoing inquiry into match-fixing.

• New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) will not consider Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup (27 Oct. to 2 Dec.) it said in a statement, after both were alleged to have bought and taken cocaine in a court case. Bromwich previously stood down as captain after details of the incident came to light, and Proctor stood down as co-captain of Gold Coast Titans. In a statement, he blamed his conduct on too much alcohol.

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