News 12 April 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 12 April 2016

• The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) has been forced to defend its actions after clearing Nathan Bock of doping, over five years after the former Gold Coast Suns player was accused of injecting himself with banned peptide CJC-1295. ‘Allegations against AFL players are heard in the first instance by the AFL Tribunal. We note that the Tribunal was not comfortably satisfied that Mr [Stephen] Dank had trafficked CJC-1295 to the Gold Coast in 2010’, read a statement. ‘The Tribunal was comfortably satisfied that Mr Dank had attempted to traffick CJC-1295, however the Tribunal was not comfortably satisfied that the substance believed to be CJC-1295 was in fact the prohibited substance CJC-1295’. In a further statement, issued today, ASADA said that ‘inconsistencies’ in evidence had led to a decision not to pursue a case against Bock. ‘ASADA does not use its funding to pursue cases it does not think it can win’, it read.

• UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has clarified that it does not have the names of any sportspeople treated by Dr. Mark Bonar (pictured) other than Dan Stevens, who accused the body of ‘catastrophic failure’ in the media this week. “In addition to UKAD’s previous statement, it is important to highlight that UKAD is investigating the claims made by the Sunday Times”, said a spokesperson. “We must also clarify that UKAD does not have the names of any sportspeople who may have been treated by Dr. Bonar other than the sportsperson concerned”. UKAD has appointed Andy Ward to investigate its handling of evidence in relation to Dr. Bonar, who told the Sunday Times that he had prescribed performance-enhancing drugs to over 150 athletes.

Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office has decided against launching any criminal cases after studying the reports by the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) into allegations of systemic doping in Russian sport, reports R-Sport.

• The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed ultimate fighter Frank Mir about a potential anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) said in a Friday statement. The potential ADRV is due to a 20 March sample given by two-time heavyweight champion Mir in Brisbane, said UFC’s statement.

• A 21-year-old football player in Malta has escaped punishment after a court recognised his attempts to assist the police, reports The Times of Malta. Seyble Zammit is the son of a former national team player and initially pleaded not-guilty to charges of fixing an U21 game, as reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative.

• A court in Bulgaria has convicted three people of match-fixing, reports Novinite. It is understood that the three attempted to bribe two players from Bulgaria’s under-19 national football team to influence the outcome of a match between Bulgaria and Germany during the 2014 European U19 championship in Hungary.

• The National Football League (NFL) has suspended four players for doping. An article on the NFL website confirmed that it has suspended Jalen Collins of the Atlanta Falcons; Aaron Colvin of the Jacksonville Jaguars; Demetri Goodson of the Green Bay Packers; and Andrew Turzilli of the Tennessee Titans. All players have been suspended for four games.

Cortisol tests carried out on cyclists taking part in the Paris-Roubaix one-day race and on riders registered for the Circuit de la Sarthe have revealed no irregularities, reports the Mouvement Pour Un Cyclisme Credible (MPCC).

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