12th April 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 12 April 2019

• The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed that Cyrus Rutto has been provisionally suspended after being charged with an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV). The AIU’s list of provisional suspensions reveals that the Kenyan distance runner has been charged with use of a prohibited substance/method based on analysis of his Athlete Biological Passport (ABP).

• Uzbek weightlifter Rustam Djangabaev has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for growth hormone, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced. Djangabaev won Gold in the +105kg category at the 2017 Ashgabat Asian Championships; Bronze in the same category at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games; and Bronze in the +109 category at the 2018 Ashgabat 2018 World Championships.

Damian Collins, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee of the UK Parliament, has maintained that answers provided to the DCMS by Sebastian Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) about when he became aware of the Russian doping scandal were misleading. “Lord Coe either knew more than he suggested he did when he gave evidence to the Committee, or he knew enough about the Shobukhova [affair] to have tased more questions about it within the IAAF at the time”, he said in a statement. Yesterday, the Ethics Board of the IAAF closed its case against Coe, ruling that there was no realistic prospect of convicting him for a breach of the IAAF Code of Ethics.

Sport Ireland has suspended funding to the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), after it admitted not complying with the conditions of grant approval. It is understood that the action was taken after former CEO, John Delaney, admitted he had lent the FAI €100,000 in 2017 to help it through a cash flow problem.

Clémence Calvin, who won Silver at the 2018 Berlin Marathon, has been temporarily suspended by the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) for two alleged violations of their rules, reports AFP. It is understood that Calvin got into an argument with doping control officials, whom she alleges failed to produce identification.

• The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) has suspended its second division, after receiving reports from UEFA about match-fixing. The CFA has also dismissed a complaint over the abandonment of a second division match after the floodlights failed, ruling that it was due to the failure of a backup generator.

• The Portuguese Guarda Nacional Republicana have dismantled an illegal sports betting network, announced Europol. Over €1 million of assets were seized in ‘Operation Showdown’, which involved 41 house searches; nine arrests, seizures of 50 vehicles worth over €1 million; and seizure of 80 computers and similar devices.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has reinstated the Bucharest Laboratory. The Romanian laboratory was suspended in February 2018 over ‘a number of non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL)’. It later emerged that WADA was investigating allegations that the Director and Deputy Director of the Laboratory, Valentin Pop and Mirela Zorio, were directed to cover up the two adverse analytical findings (AAFs) by a third party.

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