Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) has announced that it will introduce a set of new measures that will see any clubs implicated under UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) notifications of suspicious betting activity receive heavy fines and even docked points. According to the Cyprus Mail the CFA received 21 notifications from UEFA last season. At an Executive Committee meeting, the CFA agreed that any club named more in more than seven notifications will reportedly be relegated from their league.
• The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has announced that the All Russian Swimming Federation has disqualified swimmer Yana Martynova for an anti-doping rule violation following a decision of an Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee. She has been banned for four years, with her ban backdated to 27 July 2015. In April The Sports Integrity Initiative reported that Martynova had been suspended after testing positive for ostarine on 18 July 2015, but FINA was waiting for confirmation before announcing the suspension.
• RUSADA have also announced that the All-Russian Athletics Federation have suspended middle-distance runner Larisa Kleymonova and marathon runner Lidiya Grigoryeva for four and two and a half years respectively over doping offences. Kleymonova’s ban is backdated to 17 September 2015, and Grigoryeva’s to 16 February 2016, as well as the cancellation of all of the latter’s results from 17 April 2009 to 14 May 2010. Grigoryeva’s second place finish in the 2009 Chicago Marathon has therefore been disqualified.
• The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has joined the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in deciding not to appeal the two-year ban imposed on Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, reports The Guardian. Sharapova’s lawyer, John Haggerty, reportedly told the paper that both bodies had told him of their respective decisions. WADA tends to appeal in cases where it thinks that the sanction imposed by an international federation is too lenient.
• The Kenyan Olympic Committee chairman, Kipchoge Keino has ‘reacted angrily’ to an open letter from Clemens Prokop, President of the German Athletics Association (DLV), to the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) urging it to ban both Russian and Kenyan athletes from the 2016 Rio Olympics, Reuters reports. According to the news agency, Keino said that Kenya had ‘complied with every recommendation’ by WADA, while former 800m World Champion Billy Konchellah reportedly said that the Germans were ‘just jealous of Kenyan athletes’ achievements’.
• World Archery has sanctioned two archers for breaking its anti-doping rules. ‘Jay Lyon was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to Article 36.2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules of World Archery and has been sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of two years, commencing 19 May 2016’, read a statement. ‘Oscar Ticas was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to Article 36.10.2 of the Anti-Doping Rules of World Archery and has been sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of one year, commencing 12 May 2016’.
• The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has clarified that a statement which claimed that eight in 10 Canadian adults believe catching doping cheats must be a number one priority in Canada involved a sample of 2,000 Canadians, carried out by Jenkins Research. It was conducted between 15 and 23 March 2016. The CCES didn’t clarify how the survey was worded, or whether the remaining 400 people thought that doping is not a priority.