11th May 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 May 2020

Irene Jeptoo Kipchumba has been sanctioned with an additional two year ban after admitting competing whilst serving a doping ban. Distance runner Kipchumba was initially sanctioned with a two year ban from 22 September 2017, after reporting an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for prednisolone on 19 March 2017 following a test at the Yuanan Marathon. On 21 April 2019, she finished third in the Tower International Towerthon Challenge in Kuala Lumpur. ‘I thought the suspension started from the date of the race until this year March 19th 2019’, read Kipchumba’s explanation in the Full Decision (PDF below). ‘I was really innocent about the date and the month of which the ban should end as no one ever explained to me concerning the issue’. Kipchumba’s ban will now end on 23 September 2021.

• The publication of its Full Decision (PDF below) to sanction Umar Akmal reveals that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has allowed the batsman to serve two three year bans for two separate breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code at the same time. Akmal was sanctioned with failing to disclose two separate corrupt approaches. The Full Decision states that he ‘denied the first charge in an evasive mode’; and argued that he rejected a second approach, but failed to report it. Akmal is the son of Mohammad Akmal Siddique, understood to have been a senior administrator in Pakistan cricket. He will be ineligible until 21 February 2023.

Gabriel Mukundi, the winner of the 2018 Mr. Kenya bodybuilding contest, has been sanctioned with a two year ban despite the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) accepting that an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for stanozolol was caused by medication following a motorcycle accident. ‘From the explanation given by the athlete, he confirmed the presence of the prohibited substance in his sample through ingestion of Neurabol’, reads a submission from ADAK in the Full Decision (PDF below). ‘In that regard, we do submit that the origin of the prohibited substance has been established’. Mukundi produced evidence that he was prescribed 500mg Naproxen ad 2mg Neurabol (contains Stanozolol) to manage inflammation and analgesia, following a 1 July 2018 motorcycle accident.

Yves-Jean Bart, President of the Haitian Football Federation (HFF) has denied allegations that he sexually abused young female footballers, after numerous sources – including victims and their families – told The Guardian that he had coerced them into sexual contact. It is alleged that one 17 year old player lost her virginity to ‘Dadou’ – as Bart is known – and underwent an abortion. The statement below outlines that Bart became aware of the allegations against him on 10 March, and outlines that he informed the National Human Rights Defence Network (RNDDH), FIFA and the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). All bodies have been asked if this is accurate.

Global Sports Development, which contributed US$284,000 to the US Center for SafeSport, has launched a lawsuit alleging that the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) created the organisation as a ‘public relations exercise’ designed to deflect attention away from its failures to handle athlete abuse issues, reports The Orange County Register. The lawsuit reportedly alleges that the USOPC never intended SafeSport to address or remedy issues of athlete abuse and sexual harassment.

• An Independent Review of UK Athletics commissioned by UK Sport has found that at present, athletics in the UK is ‘not in a good position’. A summary of the findings (click here to download a PDF) found that a ‘culture of mistrust’ existed within the sport. As a result of the Review, a Change Plan has been produced (click here to download the PDF), which is designed to be implemented by the end of this year. ‘UK Sport will amend its funding agreement with UKA, to ensure that this public funding is directly linked to UKA’s commitment and contribution to the successful delivery of this plan’, it reads.

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