Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Prince Ali bin Al Hussein declares FIFA candidature: Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan has formally declared his candidature to become the next President of FIFA. Elections take place on 26 February 2016.
• Spain wants Villar statement on FIFA allegations: Miguel Cardenal, the President of Spain’s sports council (CSD), told TV broadcaster Telemadrid that Angel Maria Villar should reveal what he knows about corruption at FIFA, reports Reuters. Villar has been a Vice President at FIFA since 1998, when Joseph S. Blatter was elected as President.
• IOC/Sri Lanka: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has warned the government of Sri Lanka to comply with the principles of the Olympic Charter and not to introduce legislation that threatens the autonomy of sporting organisations. Sri Lanka agreed to revise its sporting legislation by the end of the year, said the IOC in a statement.
• Former NBA star took cocaine: Former National Basketball Association (NBA) player, Lamar Odom, has been rushed to hospital after allegedly taking cocaine, reports the BBC.
• WADA boss raises doping as a criminal offence: David Howman, Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has questioned whether doping should be a criminal matter. Speaking at a sports law conference in Melbourne, Howman said that threatening athletes with prison time was more effective than a four-year ban from sport. He further said that the big money earned by the best sports people around the world attracted criminals and opportunists. Howman went on to propose the establishment of one universal body to battle corruption, drugs and match-fixing, while criticising the Court of Arbitration for Sport for major shortcomings in the administration of justice.
• Cronje trial date fixed: A Delhi trial court has fixed a date to hear charges relating to the 2000 match-fixing case in which the late South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje was named. Delhi police filed a chargesheet in July 2013 which named Cronje as the only cricketer, as well as five others, reportedly bookmakers and gamblers. According to Indian newspaper The Hindu, proceedings, which had been abated following Cronje’s death in an air crash in 2002, will resume on January 18 2016.
• Cairns trial continues: Former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent has given testimony for a third day in the perjury trial in London of his former captain Chris Cairns. The court heard that another New Zealand cricket captain, Stephen Fleming, had confronted Vincent in 2012 and accused both he and Cairns of being “dirty”. Vincent also told the court that he was never going to report Cairns of match-fixing as he was ‘my captain, my coach, my mentor’, and that another team-mate, Daryl Tuffey, had told him that he was going to ‘to f**king kill’ Cairns over huge match-fixing payments that were never made.
• ECB freezes Kaneria account: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has reportedly won a court order to freeze the bank accounts of the former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria. In July this year, the Sports Integrity Initiative confirmed that the ECB had filed a petition in the Sindh High Court in Karachi, Pakistan, demanding that Kaneria pay them costs of £249,000. According to The Telegraph, on Wednesday the ECB won an order to freeze his accounts until the money is paid.
• Racing Victoria accused of bullying: The racehorse trainer Mark Kavanagh has reportedly claimed that Racing Victoria, the governing body for thoroughbred racing in Victoria, has employed ‘bullying tactics’ in a doping investigation into him. According to Nine News, Kavanagh, who was accused in January of using the banned drug cobalt in his stables in an ongoing investigation, told the news outlet that he would work ‘when it’s over to make sure they don’t handle a situation with any other trainer in the manner that they’ve handled us.’