17th September 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 17 September 2021

• The analysis of Blessing Okagbare’s B sample has confirmed an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for human growth hormone (HGH), reports Nigeria’s The Guardian. The sprinter and long jumper was forced to withdraw from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, after a 19 July sample taken by the Athletics Integrity Unit of World Athletics returned an AAF for HGH. Okagbare has said that she will comment on her case, which is ongoing, ‘on her own terms, at my own time’.

Hassan Wario, Kenya’s former Minister of Sport and Stephen Arap Soi, Chef de Mission for the country’s Rio 2016 Olympic delegation, have been found guilty of corruption and abuse of office through misappropriating KSh55 million (€424,200) destined for the Kenyan Olympic team. Wario has been sentenced to pay a fine of KSh3.6 million (€27,800) or he will face a six year jail term, reports Kenya’s The Standard. Soi must pay KSh103 million (€795,000) or he will face a ten year jail term. After the Rio 2016 Olympics, Wario disbanded the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) amid allegations that funds had been misused.

• Cyclist Roberto Semeraro has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for furosemide, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has announced. The mountain biker returned his AAF at the Marathon Cicli Manca on 25 July.

• The Serbian Powerlifting association has sanctioned Dušan Jovanović with a four year ban due to an anti-doping rule violation involving three substances, the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS) announced. Jovanović returned an adverse analytical finding for ephedrine, and metabolites of metandinone and trenbolone from a 30 May test at the national Powerlifting Championships. His results from that event have been disqualified and his ban will run from 23 June 2021.

Alex Quíñonez and the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics have both filed appeals against a one year ban issued to the Ecuadorian sprinter for a whereabouts anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), based on three Missed Tests. Quiñonez admitted the ADRV, but agued that he should be considered not at fault because he delegated management of his whereabouts to Alberto Suárez, his Authorised Athlete Representative. Suárez admitted responsibility for failing to correctly update Quiñonez’s whereabouts information, which indicates where he will be available for testing.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is still seeking five new members for its 12 person Athlete Committee, having sought new members on 31 May and 12 August. The deadline for applications is 1 October, and the Terms of Reference are available here. WADA is also seeking four positions for its Education Committee; four positions for its Finance and Administration Committee; and four positions for its Health, Medical and Research Committee. 

• Shooter Diego Antonietti has been sanctioned with an eight month ban due to an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) in competition for hydrochlorothiazide on 1 August, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. His ban runs from 1 August to 1 April 2022.

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