21 November 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 21 November 2019

• The international cycling union (UCI) has sanctioned Sergey Shatovkin with a four year ban for possession of a prohibited substance, after he ordered it from Russia to be delivered to his home in Switzerland. ‘The Federal Customs Administration seized the package and immediately notified Antidoping Switzerland, where it was found to be linked to the active cyclist’, read a statement. ‘Antidoping Switzerland then coordinated the next steps with the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) and UCI. The athlete was suspended by UCI a little over a week later.’ Although the UCI does not appear to have made an announcement, Shatovkin’s sanction features on its List (PDF below) of anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs).

• The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics has dismissed charges of prohibited association against Russian athlete Artyom Denmukhametov, after the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) found seven athletes working with Vladimir Kazarin, a coach sanctioned with a life ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in April 2017. Denmukhametov was provisionally suspended after a joint AIU and RUSADA investigation found that Kazarin was working with the 400m runner, despite not being listed as his coach when results were reported. The AIU said that Denmukhametov had exercised his right for the Decision to be kept confidential. 

Ophélie Claude-Boxberger has returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for erythropoietin (EPO). ‘I asked for the analysis of the B sample to find out if this is confirmed and I’m trying to understand how this product could be found in my body’, said the French steeplechase athlete in a statement on Facebook (below). It is understood that the athlete’s home was searched on 5 November, and police have also visited the headquarters of the French athletics federation (FFA). Claude-Boxberger is in a relationship with Jean-Michel Serra, the doctor of the French athletics team. In October, Claude-Boxberger denied that there was anything untoward in Serra questioning the amount of doping tests she had been subjected to.

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• A group of 20 British athletes have written to the British Olympic Association (BOA) alleging that changes to its Rule 40 Guidelines are insufficient to address alleged unlawful restrictions placed on British athletes at the Olympic Games. Byelaw 3 to Rule 40 of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Charter prevents those who participate in the Olympic Games from allowing their ‘person, name, picture or sports performances’ to be used for advertising purposes during the Games. In March this year, the IOC committed to relaxing Rule 40 in Germany only, following a ruling from country’s Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt). ‘Our clients were […] extremely disappointed when you published the BOA Rule 40 Guidelines last month and discovered the you had done comparatively very little to relax your own Rule 40 guidelines’, reads the letter (PDF below).

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