15th February 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 15 February 2019

• The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Asscoaition of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has provisionally suspended Kenyan distance runner Sarah Chepchirchir, who won the 2017 Tokyo Marathon. The AIU’s list of provisional suspensions revealed that she has been charged with use of a prohibited substance and/or method, based on analysis of her Athlete Biological Passport (ABP).

• The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged West Indies cricketer Shannon Gabriel with a breach of Article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which covers personal abuse during an international match. The ICC said that the charge was brought forward by match umpires, after he was spoken to by umpires during the match. The stump microphone didn’t pick up Gabriel’s comments, only Joe Root’s reply, which was “don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”

• FIFA is investigating whether several Kenyan internationals were fixed, reports the BBC. A ten page report, produced after a preliminary investigation, found evidence that former Kenyan international George Owino had conspired with Wilson Raj Perumal to fix several games, including Kenya’s 1-0 victory over Tunisia in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match. Earlier this year, FIFA sanctioned Ibrahim Chaibou, a former international referee, with a life ban, after an investigation into games organised by the Football 4 U International agency, which was controlled by Raj Perumal and his associate, ‘Dan’ Tan Seet Eng. 

Akaash Maharaj, a member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Task Force which found that Russia had not met its obligation to address the McLaren Report into systemic doping in Russia, has expressed his disappointment that the IPC decided to conditionally reinstate the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) on 15 March. ‘I am disappointed by the IPC Board’s decision, but that disappointment only strengthens my respect for my Independent Task Force colleagues, for showing the collective strength of will to speak truth to power and remain steadfast in the defence of ethics in international sport’, he wrote in a Facebook post (below). Maharaj is the former CEO of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC).

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