News 12th February 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 12 Feb. 2016

• The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has referred the case of Femke Van den Driessche (pictured) to its Disciplinary Commission. ‘On Saturday 30 January 2016, a concealed engine was discovered in a bike following checks at the Women Under 23 race of the 2016 UCI Cyclo-­cross World Championships’, read a UCI statement. ‘Pursuant to the UCI Regulations related to technological fraud, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has today referred the case to the Disciplinary Commission which will hear all relevant parties in the weeks to come’. Van den Dreissche has denied that the bike is hers.

The Guardian reports that the UK Parliament’s Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, has expressed “extreme concern” about tennisdisqualification of two ‘corrupt’ umpires, and that tackling sporting corruption will be added to the agenda of an anti-corruption conference to be held in the UK this year.

• Former Test umpire Asad Rauf has been banned for five years after being found guilty of corruption charges, reports the BBC. It is understood that Rauf was sanctioned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), however a statement has yet to appear on its internet site. Rauf was under investigation regarding allegations that he was involved with the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case, as reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative.

• Former rowing world champion, Italian Vincenzo Abbagnale, is facing a doping suspension after missing three surprise tests, reports the Associated Press.

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