19th November 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 19 November 2019

Cyrus Rutto’s offscores…

Cyrus Rutto has become the second Kenyan distance runner to be sanctioned with a four year ban this month, following analysis of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP). The athlete argued that his offscores, which were found to indicate doping, were not ‘outliers’ as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) argued. The Sport Resolutions Panel decision (PDF below) dismissed those concerns. Earlier this month, Abraham Kiptum advanced similar arguments to Rutto against his four year sanction in an ABP case. Both athletes deny blood doping, arguing that their blood values were indicative of high altitude training, dehydration, inadequate sample custody, and long distance flights (in Rutto’s case). Rutto’s ban will run from 4 April 2019.

• Pole vault athlete Nina Klyuzhev (Нина Клюжева) and sprinter Xenia Elizova (Ксения Елизова) have been sanctioned with two year bans, the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) announced. Both athletes returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs) from samples taken at the 2019 Irkutsk Memorial on 3-4 August. Klyuzhev’s sanction will run from 27 August after returned an AAF for furosemide, and Elizova’s sanction from 28 August, after she returned an AAF for heptaminol.

• World Athletics (formerly the International Association of Athletics Federations) has approved the application of six Russians to compete at the 2019 European Cross Country Championships as neutral athletes, while the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) remains suspended. In order to compete internationally, athletes must demonstrate that they have been sufficiently tested, and were not involved in the State doping that took place in Russia. The athletes are: Ekaterina Domnina (U20 event only); Ksenia Kuznetsova (U20 event only); Lilya Mendaeva; Ildar Nadyrov; Artem Popov (U20 event only); and Irina Shipitsyna (U20 event only).

US Badminton has said that it is ‘disappointed’ that the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) has sought to revoke its status as the sport’s national governing body, due to alleged failures to address governance issues. An Open Letter (click here to download) from the USOPC provided notification of the action. A Compliance Audit (click here to download) reveals that the USOPC considers recommendations regarding SafeSport checks; SafeSport training; and background checks as only ‘partially implemented’; and recommendations regarding board term limits as ‘not implemented’.

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