18th February 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 18 February 2020

• A Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee meeting has dismissed ‘unfounded allegations’ contained in a Report produced by PricewaterhouseCooopers (PwC), however a statement released after the meeting doesn’t dismiss any of the allegations from the Report. Instead, it defends alleged use of FIFA funds for funerals; explains that use of FIFA Forward development funds were subject to a FIFA audit; and outlines that its relationship with Tactical Steel is being investigated.

Manchester City announced it will appeal the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) decision to sanction it with a two year ban from UEFA club competitions and a €30 million fine for breaches of its Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations. The club’s statement outlines why UEFA found that it failed to cooperate with its investigation. ‘Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA’, it reads. ‘With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible’.

Aleksandr Ivanov (Александр Иванов) has successfully appealed the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) attempt to sanction him for ‘aggravated circumstances’ over irregularities in his Athlete Biological Passport (ABP). While the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was satisfied that RUSADA had established that Ivanov had used a prohibited substance or method through analysis of his ABP, resulting in the mandatory two year ban applicable at the time, it had not met the burden required to establish ‘aggravated circumstances’ in order to increase his ban to three years. As a result, Ivanov’s ban has been reduced from three to two years.

• Biathletes Svetlana Sleptsova and Evgeny Ustyugov have been sanctioned with two year bans by the International Biathlon Union (IBU). Both were charged based on analytical findings recorded in the Moscow Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) with regard to samples collected in 2013. An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is expected, as the IBU said Ustyugov’s sanction would result in the loss of a Gold Medal won in the Sochi 2014 relay, knocking Russia off the top of the medal table. Both athletes have 21 days in which to file any appeal, but neither athlete nor the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) has made any announcement.

• Panamanian sprinter Virgilio Griggs has been sanctioned with a four year ban, after admitting manipulating results to gain entry to the London 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships. The full Decision (PDF below) reveals that Griggs manipulated the results of a competition in order to make it appear that he had achieved the qualifying time for London 2017.

• Cyclist Evgeny Kudryavtsev (Евгения Кудрявцева) has been sanctioned with a four year ban, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) confirmed. It is understood that the 39 year old was a candidate to become a Russian Master of Sports.

• Kenyan distance runner Peter Kwemoi has been sanctioned with a four year ban, after a sample given on 3 November last year returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for erythropoietin (EPO). The full Decision (PDF below) reveals that Kwemoi admitted using EPO. His sanction will expire on 17 December 2023.

• Javelin thrower Amit Dahiya has been sanctioned with a four year ban from 16 July last year, the latest newsletter from India’s national anti-doping organisation (NADA India) reveals (PDF below). It is reported that Dahiya was sanctioned for test evasion after another athlete pretended to be him during a test organised by the Sports Authority of India.

• Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has extended a four year ban applicable to Francesco Bassano by four years, from 2 May 2025 until 1 May 2029. The track and field athlete, 45, had initially been sanctioned with a four year ban expiring 3 May 2021, however his sanction was extended for competing whilst disqualified.

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