14th June 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 June 2021

Hamane Niang, President of the international basketball federation (FIBA), has stepped aside due to allegations that he ignored sexual abuse in Mali basketball, as well as being involved in incidents of sexual harassment. The New York Times reported multiple incidents of sexual abuse occurring from 1999 onwards, and alleged that Niang ignored them while President of the Mali basketball federation from 1999 to 2007. Niang then served as the country’s minister of sport from 2007 until 2011, before being appointed as FIBA President in 2019. FIBA has opened an investigation, and a statement announced the suspension of two coaches and an official. It also outlined that Niang ‘strongly denies’ the allegations against him.

Swimming Australia has announced that ‘an independent female panel [will] investigate ongoing issues related to women and girls’ experience and advancement in our sport’. Swimming Australia made the announcement  after Maddie Groves accused people working within the sport of abusive and exploitative practices, following her withdrawal from the Olympic trials in Adelaide (see below).

• The international boxing association (AIBA) has appointed McLaren Global Sport Solutions (MGSS) to investigate allegations of corrupt judging at the Rio 2016 Olympics. AIBA’s recognition was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in May 2019, after a Report highlighted issues with its governance, finance, and judging. Its status will be reviewed after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where the IOC will supervise the boxing tournament. MGSS said that an interim Report will be released by the end of August.

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