19th November 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 19 November 2018

Twenty three athletes have been sanctioned with anti-doping rule violations from approximately 2,000 tests in 2018, the Russian Athletics Federation’s (RusAF) Anti-Doping Coordinator told a conference held last week. Elena Ikonnikova told a 15 November Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) conference that the number of ADRVs equated to approximately 1% of tests. 

• Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has told the Associated Press that he received a letter on 15 November from Russian Minister of Sport, Pavel Kolobkov, confirming conditional access to the Moscow Laboratory. It is understood that a first visit will involve three independent people under Russian supervision, and a full technical mission will follow to recover data. WADA was given (it uses the term ‘obtained’) a copy of the Moscow Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) by Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov over a year ago. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (SKR or Sledcom) has argued that WADA’s copy may be unreliable, as it is pursuing criminal investigations against Dr. Rodchenkov. It will also supervise WADA’s access to the Laboratory.

• The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has published a list of 12 criteria that the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) must meet before it can be reinstated, which would allow Russian biathletes to resume international competition. The criteria include: The RBU to pay for the International Testing Agency (ITA) to carry out tests on all Russian athletes competing at IBU level from 1 November 2018 until 31 October 2019; The RBU to reimburse the IBU for all costs relating to its suspension; The RBU to pay for any medal reallocation ceremonies due to the disqualification of any RBU athletes that have been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation; The RBU to have a member on the IBU Medical Committee; The RBU to set up an doping prevention programme; The RBU to pay for an anti-doping education programme for its athletes; The RBU to appoint an anti-doping officer; The RBU to help the IBU access the Moscow Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) data.

• South Korea’s Sports Ministry and National Olympic Committee has announced an investigation into claims of unreasonable behaviour by officials within the Korean Curling Federation (KCF), reports the Associated Press. It is understood that a letter addressed to the Committee was sent by Kim Eun-jung, Kim Seon-yeong, Kim Cho-hee, and sisters Kim Yeong-ae and Kim Yeong-mi last week, accusing the KCF of verbal abuse, unreasonable orders and subjecting their lives to excessive control. The KCF has yet to respond.

• The Serbian Association of American Football has sanctioned Strahinja Petres with a six month ban from 3 August, after he returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for carboxy-THC (cannabis) on 8 July. The sanction was announced by the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS).

• The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced the formation of an Independent ITF Ethics Commission and a new ITF Code of Ethics, which will come into effect on 1 January 2019. Sandra Osborne QC has been appointed as the first Chair of the Commission, and will take up her post from 1 December.

• Two African stars of Pyeongchang 2018 have signed up to support The Alternative, a paper advocating reforms to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) produced by paralympian Ali Jawad under the Athletes for Clean Sport monicker. Akwasi Frimpong, who competed for Ghana in the Skeleton, and Dr. Seun Adigun, who competed for Nigeria in the Bobsled, have added their support to that of six other athletes. Click here to read an interview with Jawad.

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