News 16 May 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 16 May 2019

• Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense announced that an internal investigation has confirmed that adverse analytical findings (AAFs) reported by two of its players were caused by their consumption of supplements containing higenamine, given to them by a club official. It is understood that Thiago Heleno returned an AAF on 9 April after a match against Tolima; and Guilherme Camacho returned an AAF after a match against Jorge Wilstermann on 24 April.

• Skateboarder Maxim Kruglov has been sanctioned with a four year ban for evading a doping test, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has confirmed. Kruglov had “consumed a particular substance” not long before a doping test, RUSADA Deputy Director General Margarita Pakhnotskaya told State news agency TASS. It is understood that after finding out that he would have to undergo an out of competition doping test, he became afraid that traces of that substance would be discovered in his sample and refused the test. Pakhnotskaya told TASS that Kruglov’s ignorance of anti-doping rules had let him down, as the substance concerned was only prohibited in-competition. 

• Former professional cyclist Alessandro Petacchi has quit his post as a commentator for Italian State broadcaster RAI at the Giro d’Italia, after being provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI) after being implicated in the Operation Aderlass investigations into athletes treated by Dr. Mark Schmidt. “I’m alleged to have met this doctor years ago but as I’ve already said, I’ve never met him or spoken to him”, Petacchi said on Italian television, reports CyclingNews. “I received notification via email from the UCI about the investigation into Dr. Schmidt and my alleged contact with him after already reading about it in the newspapers. Now I’m trying to get the documents that incriminate me via my lawyer and I’m going to go home because I need to speak to my lawyer, understand things and prepare my defence.”

• Two men have been indicted in Nancy, France, on suspicion of fixing an Algerian football match, reports UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News. It is understood that the men are suspected of fixing a 12 May match between Entente de Sétif and DRB Tadjenanet, in which three of five goals came from penalties.

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