News 18th August 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 18 August

• The Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) has put Franco Falcinelli, President of the European Boxing Confederation, in charge of the remainder of the boxing bouts at the Rio 2016 Olympics, due to the ongoing row over judging. ‘Further to the decision taken yesterday by AIBA with regard to the reassessment of the judges and referees officiating during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the AIBA Vice Presidents and Executive Board members have decided to reassign with immediate effect the current AIBA Executive Director to a new role within the organisation’, read a statement. Six boxing judges were sent home from Rio yesterday.

• Former Australian Motocross Champion Jake Moss has clarified his recent absence from competitive Motocross and Supercross racing is due to a positive doping test. ‘I have recently been advised through Motorcycling Australia and ASADA that I have allegedly tested positive to Ostarine, which is prohibited substance under the World Anti-Doping Code’ read a statement posted on Facebook. ‘I do not accept the results of the test and I am in the process of challenging those results through the appropriate processes’. Moss said a decision to retire is to focus on his family and career away from racing, while strongly challenging the results of his test.

• The World Boxing Council (WBC) has ruled Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin eligible to fight, despite an earlier adverse analytical finding (AAF) for meldonium. It appears that the WBC could not be certain that the substance was ingested after being added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List, due to the low levels of the substance in Povetkin’s samples. As a result, the heavyweight title contender’s match against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was called-off. Povetkin is now set to face the WBC former champion Bermane Stiverne for the interim title in light of the recent ruling, reports Sky Sports.

Francisco Rivera, an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight fighter, has returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for an unnamed substance. ‘The UFC organisation was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Francisco Rivera of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on July 23, 2016’, read a UFC statement. ‘USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case’.

• Zimbabwe’s Premier Soccer League has admitted to having no anti-doping department to test their players, reports The Chronicle. The absence of a Zimbabwe FA (ZIFA) medical committee also means that players are not receiving the anti-doping education needed to avoid inadvertently reporting a positive by taking a supplement or energy drink which might contain a substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List.

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