Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Sir Craig Reedie, passed a hand-written note to Sergey Bubka, Vice President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2015, expressing hope that a new ARD documentary on systemic doping would do no further damage to athletics, the BBC reports.
• The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has published its Interim Report to the IAAF Council, which was behind its 17 June decision to continue to exclude the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF). To view the 15-page document, click here.
• The K-League has rejected an application from league champion Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to organise a friendly against Manchester City, reports Yonhap. It is understood that the K-League rejected the request for a 30 July exhibition match due to allegations that a scout employed by Jeonbuk had paid two referees in connection to five games between March and October 2013.
• Mark Pieth, former Chairman of FIFA’s Independent Governance Committee (IGC) has said that state intervention is the only way that FIFA will be able to reform itself. “They’re simply not up to regulating themselves”, he told Swiss TV channel RTS. “The state has to intervene, it must. Maybe it’s a number of states, not just Switzerland on its own, maybe it’s under the auspices of the OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development]”.
• The IAAF has been investigating Jama Aden, who was arrested yesterday due to allegations involving doping, since 2013. ‘The arrest today of distance running coach Jama Aden follows a lengthy investigation by the IAAF which began in 2013, working in close cooperation with Interpol, the Spanish authorities including the Spanish National Anti-Doping Agency (AEPSAD), Spanish police and other organisations’, read a statement. ‘The IAAF will use all available resources and powers to protect clean athletes and the integrity of our sport. This includes targeting and investigating individuals and coaches who are intent on exploiting athletes and promoting the use of prohibited substances.’ A statement from tAEPSAD praised the Catalan police (Mossos d’Esquadra), who made the arrest.
• The body of Adlan Varayev, the first President of the Russian Wrestling Federation, has been found in a Chechen village, reports Tass. The Russian state news agency added that Varayev went missing after falling down in a river on 3 May.