16 December 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 16 December 2020

• At 16:00 CET tomorrow, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will announce its Decision regarding the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) appeal against the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decision to declare it non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code for a four year period. RUSADA was suspended on 9 December 2019 after WADA found that data retrieved from the Moscow Laboratory in January 2019 had been manipulated up until the day before it was retrieved. On 20 September 2018, WADA reinstated RUSADA as compliant with the Code, so long as it provided an ‘authentic’ copy of the Moscow Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). As WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) team found that the LIMS data had been manipulated, its Compliance Review Committee (CRC) concluded that ‘the Moscow data is neither complete nor fully authentic’.

Riccardo Riccò, a former professional cyclist who was fired from his team in 2011 after becoming ill due to attempting an autologous blood transfusion, has been sanctioned with a lifetime ban, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has announced. It is understood to be his third doping offence. He was ejected from the 2008 Tour de France for doping violations and in 2012, was sanctioned with a 12 year ban ending in 2024.

Hockey Australia has commissioned an independent inquiry after further claims about a ‘toxic culture’ within the female Hockeyroos programme emerged last weekend. The inquiry will be led by Richard Redman of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) alongside Adam Carrel of Ernst & Young, and will run until 18 December.

• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has announced that further analysis conducted on a sample given by Jeyson Alonso Arias has revealed an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for boldenone. The Venezuelan had already been provisionally suspended due to an AAF for androstatrienedione.

• The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has adopted a new Constitution following the election of Umar Kremlev (Умар Кремлёв) as its new President. Kremlev is also President of Russia’s boxing federation, whose Supervisory Board includes members of the Russian State. He has pledged to raise US$50 million in two years to clear AIBA’s debt; and $2 million in annual funding for each of AIBA’s 203 member federations (a total of $406 million). The new Constitution also offers more power to the national federations in controlling the five confederations. Last year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended AIBA as the governing body of boxing due to concerns about its governance.

• The South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) has expressed concern about the apparent intentional doping of a 15 year old schoolboy rugby player. ‘The combination of 3 non-specified prohibited substances in a 15-year-old schoolboy is alarming’, reads the Decision (click here to download). ‘It is most improbable that these 3 related but compatible banned substances appear naturally or by contamination in the urine sample of any athlete. The probabilities are overwhelmingly in favour of these 3 prohibited substances being ingested in a stacked form. This suggests a level of sophistication that is, in our view, far beyond the capabilities of a 15-year-old schoolboy.’ The Tribunal recommended that its Decision be reported to the Headmaster of the school concerned, the Minister of Education, and child welfare services. 

• Sports climber Petra Dožića (Петра Дожића) has been sanctioned with a three month ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving THC (cannabis), the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS) announced. The ban will run from 18 November and results from the national championships will be cancelled.

• The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has approved a new Supervisory Board at its Annual General Meeting, which removes representatives from Russia’s Ministry of Sports and the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC), both of which previously featured. The Supervisory Board will now feature Anatoly Kucherena (Анатолий Кучерена), Chairman of the Public Council of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation; Vitaly Vinogradov (Виталий Виноградов) of the Russian Institute of Directors; Sergey Ilyukov (Сергей Илюков), a sports doctor recommended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA); former Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky (Сергей Рязанский); Natalia Sokolova (Наталия Соколова) of Moscow State University; Vladimir Chekhonin (Владимир Чехонин) of th Russian Academy of Medical Sciences; and Tamara Shashikhina (Тамара Шашихина), a member of the Russian Foreign Ministry on combatting corruption.

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