18th April 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 18 April 2018

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has formally acknowledged a 31 January decision of the Paris District Court, which found that the agency and its founding President, Dick Pound, undermined the presumption of innocence of Habib Cisse in its second Independent Commission Report. In the Report, Pound named Cisse, a Legal Advisor to former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Lamine Diack, as a ‘co-conspirator’ involved in the extortion of money from athletes in exchange for covering up positive tests. WADA failed to overturn the verdict in the Paris Court of Appeal, which ruled that WADA and Pound must pay €8,000 to cover damages and €10,000 to cover legal costs.

• A testimony provided by Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in 2016 alleged that Dr. Michele Ferrari provided the Spanish cycling association (RFEC) with erythropoietin (EPO) and human growth hormone, reports El Pais. The testimony is supported by a document dated 15 July 1996 – shortly before the Atlanta 1996 Olympics – which details payment of €80,000 from the RFEC to Ferrari, reports the newspaper. Ferrari, a physician and trainer, has been sanctioned with a suspended prison sentence for supplying prohibited substances to athletes in Italy, and formerly advised Lance Armstrong.

• The British Gambling Commission has fined Tabcorp £84,000 for failing to properly manage the risks associated with offering ‘novelty bets’, after Sutton United FC reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw ate a pie during the club’s 0-2 loss to Arsenal during the fifth round of the FA Cup last year. The Gambling Commission launched an investigation after Shaw told ITV’s This Morning programme that he was aware that Sun Bets – owned by Tabcorp – was offering odds of 8/1 on him eating a pie during the game. He said that he had “given the nod” to some of his friends to place a bet, and ate a pie whilst remaining in the dugout for the duration of the game.

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