News 13th April 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 13 April 2016

• The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has sanctioned Luca Paolini (pictured) with an 18-month ban following his positive test for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, it announced today. The UCI said that the full decision would soon be published on its internet site.

• The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has issued a statement saying that Kenya’s government will “by next week latest” complete new anti-doping legislation, reports the BBC. The new legislation has been demanded by WADA in order for Kenya to be found compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. Last week WADA said that unless a ‘Bill, policy and ADAK rules are formally adopted by 2 May 2016’ the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) will be declared non-compliant and could face sanctions including a ban from this year’s Olympic Games.

• Former FIFA Vice President Alfredo Hawit has pleaded guilty to racketeering and corruption charges in a Federal court in Brooklyn, reports the BBC. In January, Hawit, the former Interim President of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), denied these corruption charges, pleading not guilty. However, Omnisport reports that Hawit has now admitted one count of racketeering conspiracy, two counts of wire fraud conspiracy, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

• The FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee has concluded its eligibility checks for candidates for the office of CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice-President, as well as for candidates for the office of CONCACAF’s member of the FIFA Council. The committee found that Gordon Derrick, the General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, could not be admitted as a Presidential candidate. In 2011, Derrick was reprimanded and fined by FIFA for ‘apparent violations of the FIFA Code of Ethics’ while an official of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).

• The B sample of four Antigua GFC players has confirmed their positive test for SARMS S-22, the club announced on 11 April. The players testing positive are José Aroche, Alejandro Díaz, Alexander Robinson and Víctor Alaya, confirmed a cache of correspondence released by the club, which plays in the Guatemala football league. The club is claiming that there were abnormalities in the doping controls and procedures.

FIFA has released the agenda for its 66th Congress, which will take place on 12/13 May in Mexico City. As well as approving the financial statements for 2015, the Congress will also approve a revised budget for 2015-2018 and a ‘detailed budget’ for 2017. It will also discuss FIFA’s planned reforms.

• Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Goa have boycotted a disciplinary hearing for boycotting the ISL championship ceremony, reports the Times of India. FC Goa allege that its 3-2 loss to Chennai FC in the ISL final was fixed, as reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative in January.

Henrietta Rushwaya, former CEO of the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), has refused to cooperate with football authorities investigating her alleged involvement with match-fixing, reports NewsDay. Rushwaya has previously claimed that she was working undercover for FIFA to expose a match-fixing ring. Rushwaya was banned for life by ZIFA in 2012, but has always maintained her innocence.

• The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been warned by FIFA that a decision by the Federal High Court in Jos, Nigeria, to nullify the NFF’s elections in September 2014, would ‘likely be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF’ and a contravention of FIFA statutes. In a letter addressed to the NFF, FIFA’s Acting General Secretary warned that the NFF could face sanctions, including its suspension from FIFA if the court’s decision is upheld.

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