16 December 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 16 December 2021

• Two CrossFit athletes and Coaches have been sanctioned with four year bans, after their appeals against positive tests for prohibited substances were denied. Svetlana Kubyshkina was sanctioned with a four year ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for methenolone, furosemide and trimetazidine during an out of competition (OOC) test on 28 August. Bernard Luzi was sanctioned with a four year ban after returning an AAF for meldonium at the CrossFit Games on 29 July. Click here for a complete list of CrossFit athletes serving sanctions for drug violations. CrossFit also announced that 17 athletes tested negative during out of competition tests during the 2021 season.

• Olympic swimmer Madeline Groves was sexually abused as a teenager by a male official who still works in the sport, she told The Australian. Swimming Australia has referred the allegations to Queensland Police, reports The Guardian.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published membership of its five Standing Committees for 2022 (click here for the full membership List). “We are very pleased that half (27 out of 54) of the appointed members are women; and that, 31 countries from the five continents are represented within the 2022 Committees”, said Witold Bańka, WADA’s President, in a statement.

The BHA rules in question (click to open)…

• The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has welcomed an Independent Disciplinary Panel ruling to find Robbie Dunne guilty of conduct prejudicial to the sport under Rule (J)19, after he was found guilty of using ‘foul, sexually abusive and misogynistic’ language towards fellow Jockey Bryony Frost. In a statement, the BHA said that the 18 month ban ‘sends a clear message that conduct of this nature cannot be tolerated in any working environment within our sport […] By stepping forward to report the behaviour of which she was on the receiving end, Bryony Frost took a courageous step. We hope that others who may be in similar positions will feel comfortable doing the same.’

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has issued an updated International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI). ‘This new version has minor amendments to the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) and Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) modules of Annex A (retention times) to ensure that it is clear, implementable and aligned with operational requirements’, said WADA in a statement. ‘Specifically, the amendments clarify the starting point for the retention period for TUE certificates and TUE rejection decision forms, as well as for ABP-related documentation’.

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