News 17 May 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 17 May 2016

• Antonio Conte (pictured), who is due to take over as manager of Chelsea next season, has been cleared of corruption charges by a Cremona court. ‘Four years ago, with the search that took place in my home at five o’clock in the morning, began a nightmare period which at times I thought would never finish’, read a statement on his Facebook page. ‘Those I hold close and those who know me, know how much I have suffered at the very idea that my name could be connected to the shame of calcioscommesse. Today finally puts an end to this bad history.’ Conte was accused of failing to expose a fixed second division match in 2011.

• A hearing into Maria Sharapova’s adverse analytical finding (AAF) for meldonium is expected to be held in London tomorrow, reports The Independent.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will next week announce how it will investigate allegations of systemic doping during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. “We are currently determining our path forward, which we will communicate next week”, a spokesperson told The Sports Integrity Initiative.

Russia is considering criminalising doping, according to local reports. It is understood that a Bill will target coaches, doctors and sellers of prohibited substances.

Nike has reportedly suspended its sponsorship of Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, after he was provisionally suspended by FIFA and UEFA for returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF). “We have suspended our relationship with Sakho while the investigation continues”, a Nike spokesperson told the Daily Mail. ‘We will continue to monitor the situation’.

• The Singapore Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) told the New Straits Times that it is assisting French authorities investigating a €1.8 million payment titled ‘Tokyo 2020 Games Bid’ to Black Tidings Limited, a company owned by Papa Massata Diack, son of former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Lamine Diack. French prosecutors said that they had opened an investigation into whether corruption allegations in connection to Tokyo 2020 hold true on Christmas Eve last year.

• The World Olympians Association (WOA) has given its backing to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) move to establish an International Sport Integrity Partnership. At the International Anti-Corruption Summit held in London last week, the IOC announced that the body would be launched at an International Forum for Sport Integrity in early 2017.

• Eighteen short-track speed skaters and four coaches have been charged will placing illegal bets by local Korean police, reports the Yonhap news agency.

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