News 19 September 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 19 September

• Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has rejected an application for a temporary injunction from five Russian para athletes, who sought permission to participate in the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympics. A statement from the Court said that it could not overrule an earlier decision from the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, which rejected a request to authorise 94 Russian para athletes to compete in the Rio 2016 Paralympics earlier this week. Earlier this month, a Bonn court dismissed an appeal from 10 Russian para athletes against the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) decision to suspend the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) from international competition ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The court ruled that ‘the applicants have no claim’ against the IPC to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympics, as nomination for inclusion at the Rio 2016 Paralympics is a matter for the RPC.

• Polish weightlifter Tomasz Zieliński is in line to be awarded a bronze medal from the London 2012 Olympics, despite finishing ninth in the 94kg category, after six who finished ahead of him tested positive as a result of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) retests of samples taken at the Games. Zieliński was sent home from the Rio 2016 Olympics after analysis of his B sample confirmed the adverse analytical finding (AAF) shown by his A sample.

• UEFA President Gianni Infantino has urged the sporting community to treat the 2018 Russia World Cup as “a chance” for the country to prove itself, following allegations of systemic doping in the country. “Let’s work in a positive sense in this direction rather than trying to undermine this event”, Infantino told AP. The WADA Independent Person (IP) Report found that Russian Minister for Sport Vitaly Mutko gave the order to ‘save’ a Russian Premier League footballer from a doping sanction. Mutko is President of the Russian football federation, a FIFA Council member and is Chairman of the organising committee for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

• The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has found that three athletes who were suspended after testing positive for meldonium can return to competition, returning a finding of ‘no fault’ in all three cases. ‘On September 9th 2016, the IBU received the decision from the Anti – Doping Hearing Panel, for the cases of Eduard Latypov, RUS, Artem Tyshchenko, UKR and Eva Tofavli, ROU’, read an IBU statement. ‘Following the study, WADA issued Notice on June, 30 providing the guidance regarding managing meldonium cases. The Anti – Doping Hearing Panel stated that for all three cases, the Notice’s first table applies, “In the absence of other evidence of use on or after 1 January 2016, a finding of no fault may be made”.’ However, all three athletes face a three week disqualification of their results.

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