17th December 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 17 December 2021

Jakub Świerczok has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for an unnamed prohibited substance following a 17 October test after Nagoya Grampus’s AFC Champions League game against Pohang Steelers. The AAF was announced by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on 10 December. ‘I hereby declare that I have never taken any prohibited doping substances’, wrote the Polish footballer on Instagram (below). ‘I have been tested multiple times during my career (including Euro 2020 in June 2021) and all previous tests ended with a negative result. At the same time, I declare that I am willing to cooperate fully with proper anti-doping bodies and I will undertake all possible measures to clarify this case.’

Extract from ruling (click to open…)

Abeba-Tekulu Gebremeskel has been sanctioned with a four year ban from 22 February 2021 due to abnormalities in her Athlete Biological Passport (ABP), the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics has ruled (click here for PDF of ruling). The Ethiopian distance runner attempted to claim that an abdominal ultrasound suggested a medical disorder that might explain fluctuations in her ABP. The AIU argued that her haemoglobin values suggested blood doping on the evening of a major competition in 2019. The Sport Resolutions Panel agreed that the athlete’s explanation for her abnormal blood values was possible in theory, but that the athlete had failed to demonstrate that these factors caused the blood values, which were so  abnormal that they would have required medical treatment (see right).

• The Intelligence and Investigations department of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is handling ‘six major operations’, an audit of the department has revealed. It also reveals that whistleblower reports filed under WADA’s Speak Up! service are subject to a five year Statute of Limitations, as opposed to the normal ten year Statute of Limitations applicable in anti-doping.

Sebastian Wiktorzak has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for GHRP2, reports TVP Sport. The Polish anti-doping agency (POLADA) told TVP Sport that the boxer had returned his AAF on 19 November during the Polish championship in Wałbrzych. GHRP2 is a growth hormone secretagogue. The Sports Integrity Initiative has asked POLADA to confirm the AAF.

• Jockey Oisin Murphy has handed in his licence to focus on rehabilitation due to alcohol abuse, after being summoned by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to answer three charges relating to breaches of anti-Covid-19 protocols. “On returning from abroad last September in 2020 I failed to follow the Covid protocol set out by the BHA”, said Murphy in a statement published by the BHA. “In breaking these rules, and attempting to mislead the BHA, I’ve let my governing body down, along with trainers, owners, staff, sponsors and family for which I wish to apologise. In addition to this there have been two racecourse incidents linked to alcohol during 2021. It became obvious to me and to everyone else that I needed to seek serious help. In recognition of this I have relinquished my licence and will now focus on my rehabilitation.”

• The Serbian trotting association has sanctioned two Trainers with bans after horses in their care returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs – or ‘positive tests’) for prohibited substances. Djordje Brzovan was sanctioned with a one year ban from 12 October after Janis AT returned an AAF for clenbuterol, phenylbutazone, and oxphenbutazone; and Vladimir Mitic was sanctioned with a six month ban from 1 October, after Oksana returned an AAF for acepromazine. The results of both horses were disqualified and they received a three month ban. The sanctions were announced by the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS).

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