2nd September 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 2 September 2019

• Russian race walker Yekaterina Medvedeva Ryzhova (Екатерина Медведева Рыжова) has been sanctioned with an eight year ban, after her athlete biological passport (ABP) indicated artificial blood manipulation (PDF of decision below). Medvedeva was previously sanctioned with a two year ban from 13 June 2013 until 12 June 2015, after a sample collected at the 2013 European Race Walking Junior Cup in Slovakia returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for erythropoietin (EPO). Medvedeva was spotted competing in August 2014 in violation of her ban. She was coached by Viktor Chegin, who was provisionally suspended in August 2014 and sanctioned with life ban in March 2016, but continued to work with athletes until April 2018.

• Indian distance runner Karan Singh has been sanctioned with a four year ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for erythropoietin (EPO) at the TCS World 10k on 19 May. The full decision (PDF below) reveals that Singh admitted taking EPO to treat low haemoglobin.

• The English Football League (EFL) has withdrawn its notice of withdrawal, after League One’s Bolton Wanderers completed a sale to Football Ventures. “On behalf of the EFL Board, I am pleased that the administrators appointed in respect of Bolton Wanderers Football Club have today concluded the transfer of assets with Football Ventures to place the Club under new ownership and out of administration”, read a statement from Debbie Jevans, CEO of the EFL. “Having worked closely with the administrators since their appointment in May, the EFL has been focused on working through this difficult and complex period of uncertainty with all parties. Following the completion of the sale, the Club is no longer in administration and the notice of withdrawal issued as per the EFL’s insolvency policy has been cancelled.”

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