19 May 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 19 May 2021

• Questions have been raised about the sporting credentials of Bulgaria’s Minister of Sport, Andrey Kuzmanov (Андрей Кузманов), who is President of the country’s modern pentathlon federation, President of the European Confederation of Modern Pentathlon (ECMP), and a member of the international modern pentathlon federation’s (UIPM) Business Affairs Committee. His biography claims that he won a bronze medal at the 1985 European Modern Pentathlon Championships, however the European Championships were first organised in Berlin in 1987 reports Ceгa, and Bulgaria has never medalled. Kuzmanov told Ceгa that a continental club championship was held in 1985 where Bulgaria finished second, with his performance winning third place in the overall standings. However, such success is not mentioned in the history of the Bulgarian modern pentathlon federation.

Éva Barta, a sprint canoeist who has competed for the national team, has been sanctioned with a six month ban for using a prohibited method, the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS) announced. Barta’s ban will run from 17 May, but she is not named as a member of the current national team, which has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Lithuanian prosecutors have decided not to proceed with criminal charges against a basketball player who admitted playing badly whilst placing bets on his team to lose. ‘By not following the coach’s instructions, stopping offensive combinations and avoiding throws, the player’s actions resulted in eight defeats for his team in four months’, read a statement. The player’s actions impacted the KK Tauragės basketball club from November 2019 to March 2020 and not the Tauragės Tauragė basketball club, as it highlighted on Facebook. He has been placed on an 18 month good behaviour bond.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has welcomed an additional contribution of US$748,390 (€612,760) from the Canadian government. WADA said that the additional funds are part of an initiative announced by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), at the 2019 World Conference on Doping in Sport. Bach promised a US$10 million investment comprising $5 million to store pre-Olympic doping test samples for future reanalysis; plus $2.5 million towards WADA’s science budget and $2.5 million to Intelligence and Investigations, providing governments match that $5 million in funding. 

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