Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Match-fixing accused detention extended: The five Nepali footballers arrested last month on charges of match-fixing are reportedly to remain in custody for a further seven days following an application by police to extend their ‘judicial remand’. The Himalayan Times has reported that the Special Court at Babarmahal, Kathmandu, approved the extension in order to allow the police time to further investigate the match-fixing charges. The current captain of the national team and one of those charged, Sagar Thapa, is reported to have once again reiterated that they were innocent, asking the media and public not to judge the five accused before a verdict had been delivered.
• Banned rugby player signs new contract: Reuters have reported that former South African rugby union international Chiliboy Ralepelle, who is serving a two-year suspension after testing positive for an anabolic steroid in 2014, has been signed by the Sharks. The South African franchise, which competes in the Super Rugby competition between professional clubs in the Southern Hemisphere, announced on their website that they had signed Chiliboy, ‘He is a brilliant player with a strong work ethic and will be an asset to our squad.’ Chiliboy’s suspension is backdated to the date of his provisional suspension for failing an out-of-competition doping test and will therefore expire on 10 April 2016.
• Nigerian football team coach denies match-fixing allegations: The coach of Abia Warriors Football Club, a professional football team competing in the country’s top league, the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), has publicly denied that there was a ‘compromise’ agreed before a recent league game. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that a ‘cross-section of supporters’ had alleged that there was a ‘compromise’ and ‘boardroom settlement’ between Abia Warriors and local rivals Enyimba International FC. Enyimba’s chairman also reportedly refuted the claims.
• Showjumper fined for doping violation: Venezuelan jockey Pablo Barrios has been fined by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) after he tested positive for a diuretic classed as a Prohibited Substance under WADA’s 2014 Prohibited List. Barrios tested positive during in-competition testing at an event in November 2014 and as result has been ‘reprimanded, fined 1,500 CHF [€1,400] and will bear the legal costs of the judicial procedure.’
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