14 September 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 September 2021

• Anti-Doping Switzerland has sanctioned an athlete from the traditional sport of Hornussen (click here for a YouTube video of the sport) with a six year ban for attempted use of testosterone and clomiphene, as well as tampering with the doping control process. ‘As part of a postal control, an ampoule of testosterone enanthate and 24 tablets of clomiphene were retained from a mailing addressed to the 32-year-old Hornusser’, read a statement. ‘The athlete has denied the attempted use allegation, claiming he did not order these products. In order to substantiate his statements, he created a forged document. When the forgery of the document was discovered, the athlete admitted having ordered the banned substances.’

• The US Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hear testament from four US gymnasts in an oversight hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) dereliction of duty in the Larry Nassar case. Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols, and Aly Raisman will give evidence at the hearing, to be held at 10am tomorrow. Last week, USA Gymnastics provisionally agreed a US$425 million (€358.5 million settlement with a group representing survivors of sexual abuse by Nassar, understood to have impacted over 500 athletes.

• An archer and two bodybuilders have been provisionally suspended after returning adverse analytical findings (AAFs – or ‘positive tests’), Italy’s anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has announced. Francesco Colacino returned an AAF for bisoprolol, a medication used to treat high blood pressure, at the 3D Regional Championships 2021 on 25 July. The two bodybuilders, Andrea Donadio and Christian Privato, returned AAFs at the CSEN National Championships on 24 July. Donadio reported an AAF for canrenone, and Privato for furosemide.

• An Austrian court has requested assistance from the Estonian courts in serving a summons on cross country skier Andreas Veerpalu, reports Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR). Veerpalu’s father, Andrus Veerpalu, was sanctioned with a two year ban in April this year by the international ski federation (FIS) for his involvement in the blood doping network organised by Dr. Mark Schmidt, uncovered by the ‘Operation Aderlass’ investigation. After criminal investigations, five members of the Estonian sports team ‘Haanja’ confessed to being involved, including Andreas Veerpalu. Mati Alaver, Karel Tammjärv, Andreas Veerpalu, Algo Kärp and Alexej Poltoranin were sanctioned with periods of ineligibility between two and a half and four years. It is understood that an Innsbruck court will hold a hearing on 15 October, and authorities are keen to avoid a repeat of the situation where Andrus Veerpalu failed to turn up for a 30 August hearing.

• Argentinean gymnast Martina Dominici has accepted a one year reduction to a four year ban after twice returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for two anabolic steroids, Stanazolol and Oxandrolone. The first sample was collected by the international gymnastics federation (FIG) at the Senior Pan American Championships in Rio on 5 June; and the second was collected the Argentinean national anti-doping agency (CNAD) on 16 June outside of competition, the International Testing Agency (ITA) announced. Under the World Anti-Doping Code, athletes who admit an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) are permitted a one year reduction in their sanction.

Dmitry Baskov (Дмитрий Басков) has resigned under protest as President of the Belarus Ice Hockey Association (BIHA), after being sanctioned with a five year ban by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The IIHF found that he had tried to ‘influence others to support the Belarus government and has threatened and discriminated Belarusian athletes because of their political opinion’. Baskov cited ‘unreasonable rough pressure’ from the IIHF as being behind his resignation, in a statement which suggested his sanction was part of a plot to remove Minsk’s hosting of the 2022 IIHF World Championships, which has been relocated to Riga. “All my life I sincerely loved ice hockey and will continue to love it”, he said in the statement. “No one has any right to take away from me the desire to develop my favourite sport”.

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