14th September 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 September 2018

• Spain’s Agency for Health Protection in Sport (AEPSAD) has closed its investigation into Valencia’s midfielder, Denis Cheryshev, according to a letter posted on the Russian’s Twitter account (below). AEPSAD was investigating Cheryshev over comments made by his father which suggested he had received injections of growth hormone in the run up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

• A former professional cyclist and a triathlete have been sanctioned with four year bans, Italy’s national anti-doping organisation (NADO Italia) has announced. Cyclist Domenico Saldamarco has been sanctioned with  four year ban expiring on 18 June 2022 after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for an unnamed prohibited substance. Triathlete Daniela Locarno has been sanctioned with a four year ban until 12 June 2022. Locarno was provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for clenbuterol and recombinant erythropoietin (EPO) at the Milano Deejay Tri Olimpico on 19 May.

Four Russian para athletes have been sanctioned for doping, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has announced. Weightlifters Shangereyev Dzhamaladin (Шангереева Джамаладина) and Igor Lomakin (Игоря Ломакина) have been sanctioned with four year bans from 23 November 2017 and 24 May respectively; whilst Leonid Salamotova (Леонида Саламатова) and Mikhail Mokretsov (Михаила Мокрецова) have been sanctioned with two year bans from 14 May and 11 May respectively.

• A French court has sentenced the former owners of Ligue 1 football club Nîmes Olympique to three years in jail – 18 month served and 18 months suspended – for their role in a match-fixing case, reports AP. Former President Jean-Marc Conrad and Serge Kasparian – who was Nîmes’ main shareholder at the time of the offence – are entitled to appeal the decision. In June this year, prosecutors asked a Paris court to sentence eight men to prison terms for match-fixing, including Conrad and Kasparian. In March 2015, France’s football league (LFP) found that Stade Malherbe Caen and Nîmes Olympique colluded to arrange a 1-1 draw in their 13 May match during the 2013/14 Ligue 2 season.

• Indian weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu is planning to appeal to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), after her B sample confirmed a positive test for testosterone, reports India Today. Chanu won Gold in the women’s 53kg snatch at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

• The Intelligence and Investigations department of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will hold a ‘Kenya Project Taskforce’ meeting in Nairobi on 27 and 28 September as part of its Kenya Project investigation into doping issues in the country, launched in 2017. ‘The Kenya Project was set up by WADA and the AIU  [Athletics Integrity Unit of the International Association of Athletics Federations] to better understand the nature and extent of the doping issue in Kenya with the view to developing a multi-stakeholder network that would be better equipped to tackle Kenyan doping in sport’, read an emailed statement. ‘The meeting will be an opportunity to bring together all stakeholders in the latest round of talks. It will also update attendees on progress made to date.’

• The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has said that its Sport Integrity Hotline has received reports of over 100 cases based on calls to the Hotline, which launched in January this year. The ICSS said that its Sports Integrity Unit (SIU) deals with the ongoing management of such cases, which include allegations of match fixing, doping, sexual exploitation, corrupt club ownership practices, and human trafficking (see graphics on right). The ICSS SIU said that all cases are reviewed under the SIU Risk Matrix, and those which meet a threshold are forwarded to law enforcement and sporting authorities to follow up.

South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Integrity Unit of Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) are to investigate allegations that two of its players exposed themselves to a young woman during a Facebook video chat earlier in the year. The incident, which took place in May, was reported by the Daily Telegraph today. ‘The Rabbitohs take any allegations of player misbehaviour very seriously and will not be making any further comment until the completion of the investigation’, read a statement from the club, which takes on St. George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL semi-finals tomorrow.

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