News 18th December 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 18 December 2020

• The Ethics Board of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF – now World Athletics) has sanctioned Ahmad Al Kamali with a six month ban, after finding that gifts of watches given to delegates at the March 2015 Confederation Africaine d’Athletisme (CAA) Congress breached its Code of Ethics. Al Kamali is President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Athletics Federation and it was alleged that the watches were designed to persuade people to vote for him as an IAAF Council member at the 2015 Beijing elections. In a 25 page Decision (PDF below or click here), the IAAF Ethics Board found that as the watches were more than of nominal value, they breached Article D2(26) prohibiting such gifts. 

• The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ‘taken note’ of the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling regarding the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) appeal against the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Decision to declare it non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code for a four year period. The IOC was one of seven ‘intervening parties’ in the arbitration procedure at CAS. Article 41.3 of the Code of Sport Related Arbitration permits interested parties to apply to participate in proceedings. Article 41.4 outlines that ‘a third party may only participate in the arbitration if it is bound by the arbitration agreement or if it and the other parties agree in writing’. This also outlines that the final decision on whether to permit intervention is taken by the President of the CAS Panel. The IOC statement said it would ‘carefully evaluate the award and its consequences for competitions within the Olympic Movement, in particular with regard to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. In this respect, the IOC will consult with the International Federations and the International Paralympic Committee with a view to having a consistent approach in the implementation of the award.’

• The international cycling union (UCI) has sanctioned Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata with a four year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving boldenone. Zapata returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of the steroid following an 11 June 2018 out of competition test. The UCI has yet to publish its Full Decision, but Zapata initially denied any wrongdoing. ‘This situation is surprising and disconcerting for him and his family, since he does not know the origin of the anomalous substance’, read a 15 August 2018 statement from his communications team (below).

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