Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Sandor Earl (pictured) is considering whether he should appeal against a four-year ban imposed by Australia’s National Rugby League. “Yes, Sandor is looking at his options”, the former Canberra Raider’s lawyer, Tim Unsworth, told The Sports Integrity Initiative.
• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has provisionally suspended Fania Sivanbayeva from Kazakhstan, after she returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for dehydrochloromethyltestosterone. The sunstance features on section S1 of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List, which refers to anabolic agents.
• Goalkeeper Sami Hilal has been banned for two years after testing positive for a prohibited substance on 12 October, the Tunisian football association announced. Hilal’s club, Espérance Sportive de Tunis, has also been fined 3,000 Tunisian dinar (€1,350).
• Sebastian Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), has streamlined the governing body’s 14 advisory commissions into 12 commissions. The ten commissions were announced by the IAAF today, to replace the existing 14 commissions. In his manifesto to be elected as IAAF President, Coe said that he would create an independent body to manage anti-doping matters for the IAAF.
• Apology for FIFA bribes: José Hawilla, the owner and founder of the Traffic Group, a multinational sports marketing conglomerate headquartered in Brazil has told a US court that he apologises for paying bribes to FIFA officials. In recently released transcripts of the hearing at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, the Brazilian businessman pleaded guilty to four felony counts after cooperating with a US Department of Justice investigation into corruption in football.
• McCullum testifies at Cairns trial: Current New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has given evidence in a London court in the ongoing perjury trial of former captain Chris Cairns. McCullum alleges that Cairns approached him with a ‘business proposition’ that involved match-fixing, but admitted that he did not report the approach until a full three years later as he ‘didn’t want it to be true.’
• Summer sports bodies agree joint anti-doping strategy: The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) has announced that it has met with experts from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) along with representatives of the 28 national International Sports Federations (IFs) for the Summer Olympics. The group agreed on a cooperative strategy to fight doping in the run up to the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
• Horse trainers plead not guilty: Lee and Shannon Hope, father and son horse trainers, have pleaded not guilty to doping charges. The two horse-trainers faced a Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board Hearing brought by Racing Victoria after three of their horses returned readings of cobalt, a banned supplement, over the legal limit. The duo are challenging the decision by an inquiry that it was impossible to record such high cobalt readings only through a feed and supplements regime.