12th November 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 12 November 2019

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered appeals by Alberto Salazar and Dr. Jeffrey Brown against the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in relation to four year bans imposed by the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Hearings are unlikely to take place before March 2020, confirms a statement. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) have said that they will work together to review whether action needs to be taken regarding athletes trained by Salazar at the Nike Oregon Project (NOP). While USADA’s investigation found that Salazar broke anti-doping rules, it did not find evidence that he had administered prohibited substances to NOP athletes. Middle distance runner Mary Cain has alleged that she was emotionally and physically abused during her time at the NOP.

• US tennis player Abigail Spears has been provisionally suspended after a 31 August urine sample returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for prasterone (DHEA), testosterone and metabolites, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced. Spears said (see below) that the AAF was due to a supplement given to her by a sports medicine provider. 

Posted by Abigail Spears on Thursday, 7 November 2019

• The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has acknowledged the decision of the international motorcycling federation (FIM) to sanction Anthony West with a two year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving cocaine. West tested positive on 8 July 2018, and was provisionally suspended in September of that year. A request to lift his provisional suspension was rejected in November of that year. His sanction will expire on 14 September next year.

• Kazakh tennis player Beibit Zhukayev has been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after a 15 July urine sample returned an adverse analytical finding for Methylhexaneamine, Octodrine and an Octodrine metabolite (heptaminol). Methylhexaneamine is often present in supplements under a variety of names, many of which do not feature on the Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), as this article explains.

• The National Basketball Association (NBA) has suspended John Collins of Atlanta Hawks for 25 games, after he violated its Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2 (GHRP-2). ‘I took a supplement which, unbeknownst to me, had been contaminated with an illegal component’, said Collins in a statement. ‘I plan to fight my suspension in arbitration so I can get back on the court as soon as possible’.

• Swiss boxer Bruno Tavares has been sanctioned with a one year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving cannabis, following a 10 March test. Tavares’s ban will run from 24 May 2019 until 24 May 2020.

• The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has ruled that adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for trendione, trenbolone, and epitrenbolone in horses shall be treated as a prohibited substance violation, irrespective of whether the horse has been given Altrenogest, a veterinary medication used to synchronise or suppress Estrus (‘heat’). ‘The Executive Council noted that there is no evidence to support that trendione, trenbolone and epitrenbolone are endogenous substances, and in these circumstances, there is no basis upon which a threshold may legitimately be applied to the detection of these substances’, read a statement.

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