News 20th January 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 20 Jan. 2016

• Sri Lankan cricket captain Angelo Mathews (pictured) has been summoned to the country’s Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) to be questioned about allegations that the national team has been involved in match-fixing, according to local reports. On 18 January, Sri Lanka Cricket suspended bowler Anusha Samaranayake for two months following complaints over his ‘close acquaintance’ with bowling coach and ‘main suspect’ Gayan Vishwajith, who had ‘approached several national players’ in connection to match-fixing. Sri Lanka Cricket said it had banned Vishwajith for life.

• Former test wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile is one of three players being investigated over allegations of match-fixing in South Africa’s Ram Slam Twenty20 competition, reports The Guardian. Last week, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced that it had charged former test cricketer Gulam Bodi with attempting to fix Ram Slam Twenty20 games.

Dr. Andrea Gotzmann, CEO of Germany’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), has called for the separation of anti-doping organisations following the second report of the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), released on 14 January. “We call for independent anti-doping organisations outside of the international organisations, in order to avoid obvious conflicts of interest’, said Gotzmann in a statement. “This includes in particular the separation of the control system, which could be adopted by neutral institutions such as iNADO”.

• Nine cases of doping have been uncovered by the Maltese National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO), according to local reports. The information was revealed in Parliament by employment minister Evarist Bartolo. Seven related to regatta racers (traditional rowing), plus one futsal player and a boxer. The NADO conducted 72 tests in 2015, 61 of which were in-competition.

• The Anti-Doping Tribunal of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) banned two athletes for doping on 18 January, it said in a statement. Equestrian eventing athlete Juan Carlos Garcia has been banned for one year to 6 February 2016; and amateur cyclist Luigi Cifarelli was banned for four years to 17 November 2019. ‘Gigi’ Gifarelli, 61, is a prominent jazz musician.

• A B sample taken from Nikas, the winning horse of the 2015 Velka Pardubicka steeplechase has confirmed a positive test for caffeine and theobromine, reports the Czech Jockey Club. Nikas has been disqualified, and a decision on sanctions will be taken in January.

• Australian racing trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien have been banned over excess use of cobalt chloride, reports the BBC. Kavanagh has been banned for three years and O’Brien for four years, after the charges against them were proven in December 2015.

Joseph S. Blatter is still receiving a salary from FIFA and will continue to do so until a new FIFA President is elected on 26 February, reports Reuters. Michel Platini is still being paid by UEFA as its President ‘until further notice, reports Reuters. Blatter and Platini were banned from football for eight years just before Christmas.

• Ugandan Premier League club KCCA FC has suspended its coach due to match-fixing allegations, reports Xinhua news agency.

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