News 21st April 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 21 April 2021

Anežka Drahotová has denied doping, after the Czech anti-doping committee (CADC) informed the race walker that discrepancies in her athlete biological passport (ABP) had identified an adverse analytical finding (AAF) dating from 2018. ‘I am shocked and I do not understand’, read a statement given to Czech media by her lawyer. ‘I didn’t do it! I will request analysis of the B sample.’ It is understood that the AAF dates from 31 July 2018, shortly before she won Silver in the 20km race walk at the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships in early August.

The details of AFL Rule 30…

Collingwood has been sanctioned with a A$30,000 fine (€19,333) fine for breaching the Australian Football League’s (AFL) Rule 30, which prohibits the use of mobile phones by players and unauthorised staff during matches. TV footage showed two players picking up their mobile phones during a game, after leaving the field due to injury. ‘Innocent though the breach was – a fact established with the AFL – Collingwood accepts and understands the penalty and will ensure such a breach is not repeated’, read a statement from the club.

• The Philippines Justice Department has found probable cause to file charges against 17 people involved in fixing Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) games, reports CNN. The 31 team MPBL was founded in 2017 by boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao, and operates in addition to the 12 team Philippines Basketball Association (PBA). It is understood that Pacquiao filed a lawsuit against former league officials and players from the Soccskargen Marlins, after the team lost 18 games in the 2019 season, prompting an investigation.

• A harness trainer who caused a race to be abandoned due to safety concerns has pleaded guilty, after being caught red handed injecting prohibited substances into two horses, reports Stuff.co.nz. Race 2 at Invercargill Harness Racing Club on 24 February was abandoned after New Zealand’s Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) raised concerns that ‘Rule 213(1)(c)’ of New Zealand’s Rules of Harness Racing had been breached. This stipulates that a race can be scratched if a horse has, or may have had, prohibited substances administered to it. It is understood that a hearing on penalties will be held next month.

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