News 13 June 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 13 June 2016

• Mixed martial artist Tim Means has agreed with the US Anti-Doping Agency that he will serve a six-month suspension after testing positive for a prohibited substance due to a contaminated supplement. Means, who competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), tested positive for Ostarine following an out-of-competition test in January. Testing by a WADA-accredited laboratory indicated that Ostarine had contaminated Means’ supplement.

• Two major bookmakers in Ireland, Paddy Power and BoyleSports, have reportedly stopped taking bets on under-18s sports fixtures. Last month RTÉ Ireland reported that the country’s former Minister for Sport Michael Ring had said that he was ‘appalled’ that there was existing legislation which still allowed gambling on underage sport. According to a statement, Paddy Power said, ‘we understand that there is a general concern around the issue so we have responded.’

• An anonymous letter from a football referee in Zambia has been published by news site Zambia Reports, complaining to the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) that ‘most of the referees’ in the country’s leagues are yet to receive payment after 12 weeks of matches. In the letter the unnamed referee warns that the situation has the ‘great potential to lead into match-fixing by some weak souls’.

• National Rugby League side Manly Sea Eagles are reportedly set to appoint the former New South Wales chief racing steward Ray Murrihy as a consultant following the match-fixing allegations at the club. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Murrihy’s role will include ‘ensuring there is an appropriate code of conduct and that proper protocols exist’ to prevent players becoming compromised by their off-field activities.

Bulgaria’s Basketball Federation have agreed a partnership with integrity and data company Sportradar. Sportradar Security Services will monitor over 240 matches in the top tier of both men’s and women’s basketball in the country involving over 450 betting operators.

Kerala Sport Council President Anju Bobby George, a former long jump athlete who won bronze at the 2003 World Championships, has reportedly written an open letter to Kerala Sports Minister E P Jayarajan urging him ‘to probe corruption’ in the Sports Council. The response was prompted by allegations from Jayarajan that those running the Sports Council were both corrupt and incompetent. Bobby George, who has only been President for six months, said that she was insulted by the allegations and had already implemented policies to help investigate and prevent corruption within the Sports Council that was prevalent long before she took up the post.

• German newspaper Der Spiegel has published an open letter from the President of the German Athletics Association (DLV), Clemens Prokop, calling on the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban Russian athletes from the 2016 Rio Olympics. According to Prokop, the letter was written ‘at the request’ of DLV athletes.

• Four football players from Guatemalan League champion Club Antigua have been issued with four-year bans after testing positive for a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM). Alexander Robinson Delgado, Víctor Manuel Ayala, Alejandro Matías Díaz and José Leonel Aroche ‘violated Article 6 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations, because the presence of the prohibited substance SARM-S22 (not produced endogenously) in the A and B samples, taken in the final phase of the  2015-2016 Apertura season, it was demonstrated by means of appropriate test (Adverse Analytical Finding), read a statement. Each player was banned for four years from 28 January 2016 until 27 January 2020.

• The Vice-President of Russia’s Olympic Committee (ROC), Vyacheslav Aminov, opened a secret offshore company and a bank account in Monaco after being appointed head of an ROC committee (ОКР) formed to investigate allegations of systemic Russian doping, reports The Guardian. The Panama Papers revealed that law firm Mossack Fonseca had concerns about setting up the company for Aminov, due to his status as a Politically Exposed Person (PEP), concerns over what the account would be used for, attempts to bribe the state police (FSB) and due to alleged association with Boris Berezovsky and Alexander Litvinenko, as outlined by RuMafia. Mossack Fonseca did eventually set up the company for Aminov, however it is not clear what it was used for.

• Journalist Hajo Seppelt, who last week published a documentary containing evidence that systemic doping is continuing in Russia, has alleged that Russian state television engineered a situation so it could show him throwing journalists out of his hotel. ‘The version of the incident on RUS TV did not show at all the manipulative and provocative method of the russian state TV Crew in Cologne’, he wrote on Twitter. ‘How would you react when people don’t stop filming next to your sleeping room? And shoot illegally items in other rooms? And refuse to go? I realised too late that it was an attempt by the RUS reporter to provoke an incident. They fled when they realised I’m calling the police.’

• The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Chad Mendes of a potential anti-doping rule violation resulting from an out-of-competition sample collection, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced.

• The Russian Ministry of Sport has welcomed the election of Alexander Lakernik as Vice President of the International Skating Union (ISU). Laternik was a member of a three-person panel that controversially awarded Adelina Sotnikova of Russia the women’s figure skating title at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Another panel member, Alla Shekhovtseva, was married to Valentin Piseev, former President of the Russian Figure Skating Federation. The third panel member, Yuri Balkov of Ukraine, was suspended for being part of a result-fixing affair in 1998.

• The Latin American football confederation, CONMEBOL, has announced that there have been 56 doping controls during 14 games of the Copa América Centenario. All samples were analysed at the UCLA laboratory in Los Angeles, and all were negative.

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