15th February 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 15 February 2021

Peter Ivanov’s (Петр Иванов) 22 January appointment as Deputy Head of the Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS) has forced his resignation as President of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF), having been appointed on 30 November last year. The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) 17 December Decision regarding the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) sanctions against Russia prohibits government officials from serving on sporting bodies until 17 December 2022. Ivanov hands control to former athlete Irina Privalova (Ирине Приваловой). World Athletics has requested that an appropriate RusAF reinstatement plan be put in place by 1 March.

Dr. Richard Freeman is to be charged by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) with two anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) relating to possession of a prohibited substance and tampering with doping controls, reports the BBCandThe Guardian. Dr. Freeman admits ordering testogel, but denies ordering it to dope a cyclist whilst he was doctor for British Cycling and Team Sky. Dr. Freeman’s legal team asserts that one possibility is that the Testogel was ordered on behalf of Shane Sutton, former Technical Director for British Cycling and Team Sky. Sutton has previously sidestepped this allegation. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) will announce its verdict against Dr. Freeman, who has admitted 18 of 22 charges against him, on 2 March.

• The Ethics and Disciplinary Commission (EDC) of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has requested that the IWF Executive Board ask Sport Resolutions to determine whether candidates for the IWF Elections on 24 February meet eligibility requirements. ‘The EDC Members have […] identified that the majority of the EB members are currently candidates in the forthcoming elections’, read a statement. ‘In view of the need of the EDC to be independent and fulfil its mandate in the long term, and in order to preserve the autonomy of the EDC Members, the EDC has unanimously decided to request the EB to fully delegate the functions of the Eligibility Determination Panel to Sport Resolutions (UK). The EDC also recommends amendment of the EDC Rules accordingly.’

• The International Testing Agency (ITA) is asserting a ‘whereabouts’ anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) against Jean Yannick Coret, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced. It is understood that the ADRV may be connected to the Mauritian’s failure to appear at doping control during 2019, as he was at a training camp in China.

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