16th August 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 16 August 2018

• The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has announced that it has reduced a sanction issued to cross country skier Polina Kovaleva (Полину Ковалеву) from four to two years. The reasoning behind the decision, which means that Kovaleva would be eligible for qualification to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, was not published. It is understood that Kovaleva’s original four year sanction, still listed on the Russian Cross Country Ski Federation’s website, was issued for three ‘whereabouts’ failures within a year. 

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has launched an investigation, after a Nepalese worker died whilst working on the Al Wakrah Stadium project site. ‘Further details about the incident will be released in due course’, read a statement. The 40,000-seat Al Wakrah Stadium will be used to host matches during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

• France’s Counseil d’Etat has dismissed Tony Yoka’s appeal against a one year ban issued for three ‘whereabouts‘ failures, reports Eurosport. It is understood that the Counseil was not prepared to accept that the boxer’s three whereabouts failures were an ‘administrative oversight’, as the Rio 2016 gold medal winner had argued. 

FIFA has warned that unless the governments of Nigeria and Ghana refrain from interfering in the running of the football associations of the two countries, it will be forced to suspend them. It is understood that Ghanaian government representatives will meet with FIFA today. The government dissolved the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in June after officials were accused of accepting corrupt payments.

• The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has sanctioned former trainer Robin Bastiman with a three year ban, after finding he had breached rules regarding the administration of a prohibited substance, cobalt, to a horse on raceday. The horse, John Caesar, has been disqualified from the 8 April 2016 race.

• The majority (85%) of elite athletes use supplements, a survey conducted by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has revealed. USADA contacted over 800 current and former members of a Registered Testing Pool (RTP). The survey also revealed that 36% of the athletes contacted were tested between one and five times during their career.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Buenos Aires 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games. A PDF of the rules is available here, and an accompanying circular letter is available here.

• The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has provisionally suspended endurance horse Shaddad, and the person responsible for it, Saeed Mohd Khalifa Al Mehairi, after the horse tested positive for testosterone. 

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