Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) internet site was temporarily taken offline today after it appeared to have been hacked by Anonymous Poland, as shown in this video. The group appeared to change media release headlines to: ‘We forgot that sport is out of the politic. Please forgive us’. A downloadable database distributed via social media did not appear to contain any confidential information, although journalists are still investigating. The social media accounts that distributed the downloadable database appear to have been deleted. A CAS spokesperson told the Associated Press that no confidential information had been compromised. A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) spokesperson also said its internet site had also suffered a hacking attempt, but that confidential information had not been compromised.
• Metropolitan Police confirmed that they are investigating an allegation that teenage tennis player, Gabriella Taylor, was poisoned during the Wimbledon Championships, 27 June to 10 July. Taylor was forced to retire during her 7 July quarter-final match against Kayla Day (US) and spent four days in intensive care, doctors diagnosing a rare strain of leptospirosis – also known as Weil’s disease – a bacteria which can be transmitted through rat urine. “Merton police are investigating an allegation of poisoning with intent to endanger life / cause GBH”, said a Metropolitan Police spokesperson. “The allegation was received by officers on 5 August with the incident alleged to have taken place at an address in Wimbledon between 1-10 July. The victim was taken ill on 6 July. It is unknown where or when the poison was ingested. The victim, an 18 year-old woman, received hospital treatment and is still recovering.” There have been no arrests, and enquiries continue.
• The Latin American football confederation, CONMEBOL, has appointed its Legal Director, Monserrat Jiménez, as Acting Director General. Jiménez takes office in replacement of Gorka Villar, who previously worked as Legal Director under three previous CONMEBOL Presidents named in US Department of Justice (DoJ) indictments on corruption in football. Villar quit CONMEBOL a few weeks ago.
• Bulgarian steeplechaser Silvia Danekova has reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF) following two doping tests in short succession at the Rio 2016 Olympics (30 July and 1 August), and her B sample has confirmed the 1 August positive test. ‘Danekova was subject to sudden testing on 30 July, shortly after her arrival in the Olympic Village’, read a statement from the Bulgarian Olympic Committee. ‘Two days later a new raid occurred, where she was required to give blood and urine. On 8 August, the IOC informed the athlete that in the study of the A sample from 1 August had revealed evidence of methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta, an erythropoiesis stimulating agent (CERA) […] The study of B sample confirmed the result of the A sample A’.
• Chinese swimmer and medal hope Chen Xinyi has tested positive for diuretic hydrochlorothiazide at the Rio Olympics. Xinyi’s positive was reported by the Chinese Swimming Association, read a Xinhua News Agency report on the Chinese Olympic Committee’s internet site.
• Theodora Gianeni (GRE) has been withdrawn from the women’s 50m freestyle at the Olympic Games because of a positive doping control test conducted by her NADO [National Anti-Doping Organisation] before the beginning of the Games, Rio 2016 organisers announced yesterday.
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