Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced that US hammer thrower Gwen Berry has received a back-dated three-month doping ban for using a prohibited asthma medication. Berry declared the use of the medication on during an in-competition sample collection but did not test positive for the substance. Berry will lose her US record hammer throw from last month as it was obtained during her suspension period.
• The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is to recruit an investigative journalist to scrutinise ‘any dealings in Ghana football concerning match-fixing’, reports local news site Ghana Web. Yesterday, the GFA confirmed that it had received a letter from FIFA alerting them of an investigation into allegations of match-fixing in three Ghana Premier League matches last year. The journalist is reported to be Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who will be used in a bid by the GFA to ensure it is seen to be launching an independent investigation into the allegations.
• Six international weightlifters from Azerbaijan have been disqualified for eight years for doping at the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships, Azerbaijan news sources are reporting. According to local news agency Trend, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Youth and Sports has already said that it is ‘very concerned’ over the incident and will ‘take the necessary steps’ in the process, adding that the athletes were free to ‘file an appeal and protect their rights’. The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is yet to confirm the bans.
• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has announced that Marzoq Adham Badr Masood of Yemen has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for mesterolone and stanozolol. He has been provisionally suspended while the IWF investigates if he has committed an andti-doping rule violation (ADRV).
• Vietnamese police have arrested 23 people connected to an underground gambling ring worth more than US$300 million, state news agency An Ninh Thu Do reported yesterday. Police are apparently keen to crack down on illegal gambling during the Euro 2016 tournament.
• Two Malaysian Super League (MSL) players have been suspended after testing positive for methamphetamine, reports the New Straits Times. Police’s Shafiq Jamal and Perak’s Firdaus Saiyadi have been temporary suspended by the football association of Malaysia (FAM) after failing a urine test on May 4 after the two clubs met at Hang Jebat Stadium.
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