Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• In an e-mailed statement, the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) has denied Russian reports that it has given approval for two Russian swimmers, to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics. ‘Contrary to recent media reports, the eligibility of Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev to compete at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 has not been confirmed, and will not be confirmed until the IOC’s three-person commission to review Russian entrants renders its final decision on these athletes, along with the other members of the Russian swimming team’, it read. ‘The FINA Bureau initially did not include Morozov and Lobintsev on the list of eligible competitors, in respect of the IOC’s ruling that nobody implicated in the WADA IP Report may be accredited for entry in the Olympic Games. Both athletes were named in the WADA IP Report.’ The two athletes appealed their exclusion from the Rio 2016 at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and a CAS hearing was held on 31 July. Russian state news agency, TASS, reported that FINA had cleared the two swimmers to compete in Rio.
• The Fédération Internationale Gymnastique (FIG) has suspended a Russian coach for one year for ‘behaving violently’ towards one of her gymnasts. Natalya Tereshina was judged to have breached Article 2.2 of the FIG Statutes and Articles 3.4, 3.5, 3.10 and 3.11 of the Code of Discipline at the Cantanhede World Cup in Portugal, on 6 May.
• Senior officials within amateur boxing have told The Guardian that many bouts at the Rio 2016 Olympics could be fixed. A statement issued by the international boxing federation (AIBA) to the newspaper refuted the allegations.
• Guatamalan football chief Brayan Jimenez has changed his plea to guilty to US charges of racketeering and wire fraud, reports the BBC. Jimenez was head of the Guatemalan Football Federation (FEDEFUT) from 2010 until last year, and was extradited to the US on 1 March as part of the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) inquiries into corruption in football.
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