Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• UEFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against Dinamo Zagreb player Arjan Ademi (pictured). ‘Due to a positive doping test after the Champions league match Dinamo – Arsenal, UEFA instigates disciplinary proceedings against Ademi’, read a 7 October statement on the Croatian club’s internet site. ‘We are surprised because Ademi was selected for doping control six times this year and results were negative every time, as well as results of every other player who was selected for doping control by UEFA or Croatian Anti-Doping Agency’.
• Lawyers representing Dr. Michele Ferrari have threatened to sue distributor Videa over the release of The Program, a film about Lance Armstrong. “Dr. Ferrari never gave Lance Armstrong erythropoietin (EPO)”, the banned doctor’s lawyers told Italian news agency ANSA.
• PepsiCo is considering ending its sponsorship of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to concerns about corruption, it is understood. ‘Pepsico has raised certain concerns with the BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India]’, read a 9 October IPL statement. ‘BCCI has assured that steps will be taken to address the concerns and will work necessary solutions in the interests of the league as well as Pepsico. As part of the process BCCI and Pepsico have been in amicable discussions and further update will be shared in due course.
• Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) is to meet with the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) on publishing the results of the NRL’s drug testing programme, reports The Australian. The NRL has never published details about the amount of tests it conducts or the number of positives it records, in contrast with the Australian Football League (AFL).
• Cricket Australia (CA) has said that it is pleased with the response to its match-fixing amnesty, launched in October last year. “Our integrity unit was pleased with the response to the amnesty”, a CA spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald. “The process was confidential and therefore details of anyone that was forthcoming with information cannot be disclosed”.
• Spain’s anti-doping agency, the Agencia Española de Protección de la Salud en el Deporte (AEPSAD) and its general council of official pharmacists (CGCOF) announced an agreement to share and distribute information on the dangers of doping in sport. The CGCOF has produced a report highlighting the current rules on doping in sport, and will develop a special section on its internet site.
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