12th February 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 12 February 2021

Shayna Jack has revealed that her fight to prove that she did not intentionally take Lingradol (LGD-4033) has cost her A$130,000. Jack was provisionally suspended on 12 July 2019 following her 26 June adverse analytical finding (AAF), and was sanctioned with a four year ban. She appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which reduced her ban to two years. A sole Arbitrator believed that she didn’t intend to cheat, despite her not being able to produce any evidence. In December last year, Sport Integrity Australia announced that it had appealed the CAS Decision to reduce her sanction and in the below Instagram post, Jack reveals that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has joined the appeal.


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• The Polish football association (PZPN) has sanctioned former referee Jacek Granat with a five year ban and former player Mieczysław Agafon with a four year ban for corruption offences. It is understood that the bans relate to Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski’s victory over Zagłębie Lubin in the 2005 Polish Cup final, which was later found to be fixed. The PZPN rescinded the title on 2 September last year.

• Three former Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) officials and two others have been arrested on charges of fraud, corruption, and money laundering, the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa (NPASA) announced on Facebook (below). It is alleged that EPRU officials John Scheepers (42), Xoliswa Mbengu (48), and Eldridge Februarie (49)  conspired with businesswoman Bantwini Matika (51), and Johnny Oersen (51) – an associate of Februarie – to defraud the EPRU of R450,000 (€25,400). Invoices billed via a Local Organising Committee (LOC) established to administer grants received from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) were discovered to involve fake companies, said the NPASA.

Miguel Brizuela and Thiago Almada have been provisionally suspended by Argentinean club Velez Sarsfield, after the players were accused of sexual assault. It is understood that a complaint has been made against the players following events at a party on 4 December last year.

• Haitian referee Rosnick Grant has been provisionally suspended for 90 days, the international federation of football associations (FIFA) announced. It is understood that the suspension is in connection with FIFA’s ongoing investigations into allegations of sexual abuse in Haitian football. Yves Jean Bart, former President of the Haitian football association (FHF), was sanctioned with a life ban in November last year as part of FIFA’s investigations.

Yoshiro Mori has resigned as President of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, after widespread protests over ‘inappropriate’ comments he made about women on 3 February. When discussing the Japanese Olympic Committee’s (JOC) goal of appointing more female members, Mori said that a Council featuring more women would take more time, and suggested that a time limit would be necessary for meetings. On 4 February, he held a press conference to ‘withdraw’ his comments, but said that he had no intention of resigning. On 9 February, a statement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) described the comment as ‘inappropriate’. An IOC statement issued today thanked him for his service, and a further statement outlined that a Candidate Review Committee will approve his successor.

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