Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The CEO of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK), Japhter Ragut, has reportedly told local media that a proposed Anti-Doping bill will be passed in parliament next Tuesday. On Wednesday the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, issued a statement saying that the new legislation will be completed “by next week latest”. Kenya have already missed one deadline set by WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, to implement new legislation in order for the country to be found compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. Ragut said that the Kenyan government were in the process of setting up crucial legal framework and implementing key staffing and salary structures for the new national anti-doping agency.
• The International Cycling Union (UCI) on Tuesday released its list of cyclists provisionally suspended under its Anti-Doping Rules, which included Italian rider Mattia Gavazzi. UCI revealed that Gavazzi is currently serving a provisional suspension after testing positive for cocaine. Gavazzi, a professional cyclist for the Danish cycling team Christina Watches–Dana, has previously tested positive for cocaine on two occasions, in 2004 and 2010 respectively. If the latest test is confirmed, Gavazzi faces a minimum eight-year ban for a third anti-doping rule violation under the UCI’s Anti-Doping Rules (Article 10.7.2).
• Swedish international footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly suing a Swedish athletics coach who alleged that the footballer ‘had been involved in doping while playing for Juventus.’ According to The Guardian, Ibrahimovic’s agent said that the coach, Ulf Karlsson, was ‘spreading falsehoods’ and had ‘made a big mistake’ in making the claims. Karlsson, a former coach of the Sweden track and field, told Sport Bladet, a Swedish sports paper, that Ibrahimovic’s weight gain while at the club could only have been attributed to doping, something Karlsson reportedly said he was ‘convinced of’.
• The President of the Malta Football Association (MFA), Norman Darmanin, has announced that MFA has received a letter from the Maltese Premier Division Standing Committee (PDSC) making ‘serious allegations’ against the MFA regarding works, contracts and ‘many other things’ for various stadia in Malta. In the statement, Demajo said that the letter was read to the MFA’s Executive Committee, who on Monday had subsequently written to the MFA’s Internal Audit Board to investigate all allegations. According to the Times of Malta, the allegations included ‘a lack of transparency’ in the awarding of infrastructure contracts.
• The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) has reportedly promised to ‘lodge an investigation into the match-fixing reports in local football.’ According to the Swazi Observer, NFAS’s CEO was ‘shocked to learn’ that match-fixing had been alleged in the country’s domestic football leagues. The news comes following the revelation earlier this week that Henrietta Rushwaya, former CEO of the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), has refused to cooperate with an investigation into match-fixing. A number of ZIFA officials have recently been implicated both in Zimbabwe’s domestic leagues and international fixtures, including a 2017 African Cup of Nations (ACN) qualifying match between Zimbabwe and Swaziland.
• The President of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Marco Polo Del Nero, has reportedly returned to his post after a three-month absence. In November last year the CBF announced that Del Nero would resign his position on the FIFA Executive Committee at the request of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). In August 2015, the Brazilian Senate started an investigation into the banking and financial records of Del Nero after he was indicted by the United States Department of Justice over the FIFAGate corruption investigation. According to the Associated Press, Del Nero had returned to this post without any public announcement from the CBF.
• The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has announced the members of its 2016 Doping Review Panel. Professor Fabio Pigozzi, Deputy Rector at the State University of Rome and current Chairman of the UIPM Medical Committee, has been appointed Chairman. Pigozzi is also President of FIMS, the International Federation of Sports Medicine and previously served as Head of doping control at the 2006 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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