News 18th May 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 18 May 2020

• The Russian Judo Federation has sanctioned Suleim Mutaliev (Сулейма Муталиева) with a four year ban for violating Article 2.8 of the All Russian Anti-Doping Rules, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced. This covers attempted administration of prohibited substances to athletes. Margarita Pakhnotskaya (Маргарита Пахноцкая), Deputy Director of RUSADA, told State news agency TASS that Mutaliev gave drinks contaminated with prohibited substances to athletes. It is understood that both Mutaliev and the athletes claimed that they didn’t know the drink contained methylhexaneamine. In January, RUSADA announced that Ekaterina Filimonov (Екатерину Филимонову) and Adam-Haji Mutaliev (Адама-Хаджи Муталиева) had been sanctioned with two year bans from 26 July 2019. It is understood that both of these sanctions were due to drinks given to the athletes by Mutaliev.

• Swedish European cross country champion and distance runner Robel Fsiha has been sanctioned with a four year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving testosterone. ‘At the beginning of February, it was announced that the analysis of a doping test provided by Robel Fsiha in November 2019 showed the presence of a banned substance’, read a statement from Fisha’s club, Spårvägens FK (Tramway Athletics Club). ‘It has subsequently emerged that the substance was testosterone. On Wednesday evening, the Doping Board told us that they decided on a four-year suspension (5 February 2020 – 4 February 2024).’

Kevin Gastelum has served a five month ban after being sanctioned for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving cannabis for the second time. A statement from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) outlined that Gastelum had initially been sanctioned with a nine month ban from 3 November 2019, however that was reduced to five months after the completion of a drug treatment programme. He also returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for the same substance in 2017, and accepted a six month ban.

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