21st July 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 21 July 2021

• The Russian weightlifting federation (ФTAP) has doubled a four year ban issued to Vadim Bikmukhametov (Бикмухаметова Вадима). Bikmukhametov was sanctioned with a four year ban last month, after a prohibited substance was found in his sample. ФTAP announced that he has also been charged with falsification or attempted falsification of any component of a doping control’. His eight year ban will run from the end of his previous sanction, which means he will be banned until 18 February 2032. 

Njisane Phillip has been sanctioned with a three month ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving cannabis, after ‘testing positive’ almost two years ago on 1 August 2019. The sanction appears at the top of the international cycling union’s (UCI) latest list of sanctioned athletes, published 13 July. Under the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code, athletes who return an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for a ‘substance of abuse’ (cannabis, cocaine, MDMA, or heroin) can reduce a sanction down to three months if the athlete can prove that use occurred outside of competition; or one month if the athlete completes a treatment programme. The Trinidadian cyclist’s three month ban expires on 11 October 2021. 

• English Premier League football club Everton FC has announced that an unnamed player has been suspended pending a police investigation. 

Julius Ssekitoleko, a Ugandan weightlifter who went missing after arriving in Tokyo for pre-Olympic training, has been located. Ssekitoleko was found in Mie Prefecture, over 100km away from Izumisano, where the Ugandan delegation was hosted. The Ugandan Embassy in Japan said that Ssekitoleko  could be returned to is home county as early as today. It is understood that he didn’t want to return to Uganda and had hoped to work in Japan.

Loredana Toma, European Weightlifting Champion in the 64kg category, has failed in her attempt to be allowed to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. ‘The application was dismissed considering that the CAS ad hoc Division did not have jurisdiction to entertain the matter’, read a brief statement. The Romanian weightlifting federation was suspended in June due to multiple anti-doping rule violations, meaning its athletes cannot compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

• The Russian rowing federation has withdrawn its men’s quadruple sculls team from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after two of its members returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs – or ‘positive tests’) for meldonium, World Rowing confirmed. Russia’s place has been offered to Lithuania, however it has yet to confirm acceptance.

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