News 2nd February 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 2 February 2019

• The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has said that it is taking legal advice regarding 12 first instance decisions issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspending Russian track & field athletes. ‘In the near future, all the relevant materials will be studied and legal advice will be taken with the support of the Russian Athletics Federation, on the basis of which the disqualified athletes will take a decision on appeal’, read a statement. The 12 athletes have 21 days from 1 February in which to appeal. The CAS decision was welcomed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as validation of the findings of Richard McLaren in his Independent Person Reports for WADA, and its decision to prioritise retrieval of the Moscow Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and related data.

• The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Asscoaition of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced its January 2019 List of athletes serving a sanction for doping. The List (PDF below) features eight African athletes, four European athletes and one Asian athlete. Ethiopia, Kenya, and Russia are the only countries to feature two sanctioned athletes.

• The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act has been re-introduced into the US Senate and House of Representatives under the 116th US Congress, after the end of the 115th US Congress on 3 January this year. “USADA thanks all of those who partnered on the reintroduction of the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act in the Senate and the House today”, read a statement from Travis Tygart, CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), in a statement. “Coming just five weeks after it was first introduced, the return of this Bill in this Congress shows the deep concerns that are held about the current deficiencies in the global anti-doping system, and the sense of urgency for reform. Critically, the Act recognizes that doping is fraud and when organizations and institutions conspire to defraud through doping – whether that be by a sport or an entire nation – these crimes will be placed at the level of other types of fraud. All of those who truly want to see change to clean sport and the rights of athletes upheld will be pleased to see the ongoing momentum of this legislation as it continues to become law.”

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