19th August 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 19 August 2019

• Kickboxer Can Akyar, a five time Austrian champion, has been provisionally suspended after a 26 June urine sample tested positive for GW1516, the Austrian anti-doping commission (ÖADR) announced (click here to download release). The development of GW1516 was discontinued in 2007 after it was found to cause cancer in mice.

Shaun Lane of Parramatta Eels has apologised after a picture of him holding a plastic bag containing a white substance appeared in national newspapers. In a video, Lane said that the picture had been a “joke” as part of the ‘Mad Monday’ end of season celebrations last year. It is understood that the second row has been fined A$17,500 after an investigation by the National Rugby League’s (NRL) Integrity Unit for ‘brining the game into disrepute’.

• The Algerian Olympic Committee (COA) has signed an agreement with the country’s Directorate General for National Security (DGSN) designed to tackle corruption in sport. ‘The mission of national security can no longer confine itself to ensuring the safety of players, fans, referees and sporting stadiums’, read a statement. ‘Through the signing of this agreement, the DGNS will be directly involved in this new mission – the fight against corruption and embezzlement in sport that undermines sporting ethics in Algeria. The number of players that dope and use cocaine is reaching alarming proportions; as has the proliferation of illegal sports bets; transfers and player recruitments […] supplements that are not analysed by laboratories seriously affect the health of athletes; sports equipment is acquired that is unsuitable for the preparation of athletes; non-compliance with sporting infrastructure; and the lack of rigorous medical monitoring are all scourges which hinder the progress of athletes.’

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