News 20 June 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 20 June

• Spain’s national police have broken up a criminal organisation based in Valladolid dedicated to trafficking anabolic steroids and narcotics, it announced today. Meanwhile, Jama Aden, the coach of the women’s 1,500m world record holder, was arrested near Barcelona, reports the BBC. In the Valladolid ‘Operation Portogallo’ raid, 16 people have been detained after being found with 25,000 doses of anabolic steroids, 1,110 grams of cocaine, €42,000 in cash, marijuana plants, 10 grams of crystal methamphetamine, four kilograms of ‘cutting’ substances, four vehicles and numerous tools for treatment and subsequent redistribution. It is not yet known if the two events are linked.

• The Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Committee of the UK Parliament has published its oral evidence after the 12 June hearing as part of its Inquiry into Blood Doping in Athletics. The evidence from cyclist Dan Stevens, Jonathan Calvert of the Sunday Times Insight team from from UK Anti-Doping Chair, David Kenworthy, is available here. For analysis of the evidence by the Sports Integrity Initiative, click here.

• Ideafield Entertainment is considering legal action after chats were identified which indicated that professional e-sports team Absolute Monster has been involved with a fixed Mixbot Pro League game. ‘To say that these chat logs are very suspicious is an understatement’, read a statement. ‘We feel very uncomfortable continuing with the match for the evening. Further, due to the fact that we have signed the contract with our teams to ensure competitive integrity, we reserve the rights to take legal action’.

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