Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) has confirmed in a press release that it has ‘filed charges against eight football officials and football players relating to contravention of the NSL [National Soccer League] Rule 53.1, 53.2 and 53.2.10’. The eight officials and players will appear before the PSL Disciplinary Committee on 30 March 2016. Last week The Sports Integrity Initiative reported the names of those charged with match-fixing, according to Zimbabwean newspaper The Herald.
A joint meeting between officials from the Zimbabwean and South African government and football authorities also took place in Cape Town last week. Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) President Philip Chiyangwa reportedly told Zimbabwe’s Daily News, ‘We hope the trip will help us as we try to bring the perpetrators to book.’
• Ongoing negotiations between Kuwait and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have failed to reach an agreement, according to Reuters. Mohammad Alfili, the Kuwait government’s chief negotiator, reportedly sent the news agency a statement entitled ‘Unfair Olympic Ban’ which said that their negotiation delegation ‘refused the proposal from the IOC because they requested that our delegation give approval for changing the laws of Kuwait’, which Kuwait refused. The IOC suspended Kuwait in October last year for ‘political interference’.
• The first Russian track-and-field athlete, Nadezhda Kotlyarova, has reportedly tested positive for meldonium, Russian news agency TASS has reported. Kotlyarova’s coach Sergei Vorobyov reportedly told TASS that she had stopped using the drug and according to Reuters Kotlyarova herself has said that she had ‘stopped taking this stuff long before it was banned’. Already tens of Russian athletes have tested positive for meldonium since it’s ban came into effect by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 1st January 2016.
• UEFA has reportedly informed the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) that it suspects a recent Serbian Super League (Superliga) game was fixed. The game was allegedly between Spartak and OFK Beograd, which Spartak won 2-1. According to Serbian news agency B92, FSS Competition Integrity Commissioner Milivoje Mirkov said that UEFA suspected that the game was fixed and that the FSS would undertake measures and investigate. Last year the FSS opened an official inquiry into allegations that a 19 July Superliga match between city rivals OFK Beograd and Red Star Belgrade was fixed.
• The IOC has reportedly said that it ‘welcomes’ a ‘strong statement’ by Russian President Vladimir Putin who had implored a Russian cabinet meeting last week to implement ‘tighter anti-doping laws and greater cooperation with the IOC’. According to the Associated Press, the IOC has said that it hoped that Putin’s words would ‘facilitate discussions with WADA and the IAAF in order to protect the clean athletes’. In November WADA suspended the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) after an Indepndent Commission found that the Russian Athletics Federation and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had conspired to hide Russian doping.
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