18th May 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 18 May 2018

• Two officials have been arrested on suspicion of corruption that may have enabled Sporting Lisbon to win the Portuguese 2016/17 handball title, reports Correio da Manha. The newspaper reported that following a raid on 16 March, police discovered that officials had bribed referees and paid other teams to lose. It is reported that the investigation, named Operation Cashball, is also examining six football matches. Sporting Lisbon said that two employees had been ‘made defendants’ in a statement confirming the police raid. ‘As regards the steps taken today by the Judicial Police at the premises of Sporting CP, we reaffirm our full readiness to cooperate with the investigation’, read a second statement.

• The US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has suspended its championships policy regarding sports betting, which will allow NCAA championship competitions to take place in States that regulate sports betting. It is understood that this means it will allow odds to be offered on NCAA championship events that take place in such States. The NCAA move follows a 14 May agreement with Genius Sports to licence data from official championship events, including NCAA March Madness, to media platforms and ‘other companies’. Live NCAA match data enables gambling operators across the world to offer odds on NCAA events, as explained in this article.

Lithuanian police have arrested two coaches of the national track cycling team as part of an investigation into the sale of performance enhancing and psychotropic drugs, reports TV3. It is understood that police are following up an investigation begun by the Lithuanian anti-doping agency (LADA) into the sale of performance enhancing drugs.

• Four Spanish athletes have been sanctioned for doping, including European 5,000m champion Ilias Fifa, reports La Vanguardia. The newspaper reports that Fifa was sanctioned with a four year ban, as was Ayoub Mokhtar, former Spanish 3,000m indoor champion and his brother, Idriss. Middle distance runner El Mahdi Lahouifi is also reported as having been sanctioned with a four year ban. Fifa was one of nine athletes released by police in October last year, following an investigation into a doping network.

• Three Malaysian weightlifters have been provisionally suspended after reporting an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for stanozolol, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has announced. The weightlifters are Ronny Bin Jesos; Muhamad Zaidi Bin Mohd Nordin; and Muhamad Hakimie Haikal Bin Nordin. 

• Ten applications to compete as neutral athletes have been rejected by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), announced the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF), which remains suspended from international competition. RusAF said that the applications had been refused because the ten athletes had spent insufficient time in the testing pool. The IAAF requires Russians that wish to compete internationally as neutral athletes to have been part of a Registered Testing Pool (RTP) for 12 months.

Robinson Canó of the Seattle Mariners has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for furosemide, a diuretic and masking agent, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball has announced. ‘This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment’, wrote Canó in a statement posted on Twitter (below). Cano explained that he didn’t realise furosemide was banned.

• The All Russian Sambo Federation has sanctioned Anna Chemerskaya (Анну Чемерскую) with a two year ban, reports the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). It is understood that Chemerskaya may lose the gold she won in the -68kg category in the All Russian Sambo competition, which took place at the end of April, as her ban will run from 26 March.

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