21st August 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 21 August 2019

Ineta Radeviča, former President of the Latvian athletics association (LVS) has been sanctioned with a two year ban from 22 November 2018 to 21 November 2020, the LVS announced. Radeviča resigned as President of the LVS in November last year after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for oxandrolone, denying deliberately using the substance. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) disqualified her from the London 2012 Long Jump, where she finished fourth, in May this year.

• Canadian sprint canoeist Laurence Vincent-Lapointe has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a prohibited substance, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) announced. The provisional suspension means that the 11 time World Champion will not be competing at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, which takes place in Szeged, Hungary from 21 to 25 August. It is understood that Vincent-Lapointe’s AAF is for Ligandrol, otherwise known as LGD-4033. Like Australian swimmer Shayna Jack, Vincent-Lapointe blames her AAF on supplements, which she alleges she was given by her national association. Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) said it would support her in discovering the source of her AAF.

• The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has banned wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad for one year due to repeated breaches of its Code of Conduct. It is understood that Shahzad travelled outside of Afghanistan on numerous occasions to take part in cricket matches without the permission of the ACB, in violation of the terms of his contract. In 2017, Shahzad was sanctioned with a one year ban, after the International Cricket Council (ICC) accepted that an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for clenbuterol was caused by ingestion of Hydroxycut, a weight loss product.

• The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has cleared two members of its Executive Committee for breaches of its Ethics Code, ruling that as allegations against them were based on media reports, they did not meet the burden of proof required to establish a violation. AIBA ruled that allegations against Umar Kremlev and Volodymyr Prodyvus were based ‘on a report that is based on questionable validity’. AIBA said that the decision regarding Kremlev is ‘final and not subject to appeal’. It did not make a similar statement on its decision regarding Prodyvus.

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