News 22nd April 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 April 2016

• The Swiss government has enacted new legislation designed to crack down on corruption in sport. Dubbeed ‘Lex FIFA’ (‘FIFA Laws’), the laws will come into force in July and will reportedly allow prosecutors to investigate suspected bribes without having to await a criminal complaint. ‘In future, bribes paid outside classic competition situations – for instance in awarding sporting events – will thus be punishable by law,’ the Swiss Justice Ministry said a statement, according to Reuters.

• The former President of FIFA, Sepp Blattertold Sky Sports that he has not been directly contacted by the FBI as part of the US Department of Justice’s investigation in corruption in FIFA. In a live interview, Blatter conceded that the FBI had however “asked the Swiss authorities to make some questions”, but hadn’t yet been contacted. Blatter also said that he would have “gone to Tasmania” if he was guilty of corruption at FIFA.

• Korean authorities have arrested eight suspects and indicted, without arresting, a further two as part of an investigation into match-fixing in StarCraft II. StarCraft II is a military sci-fi video game which is played professionally around the world, and is extremely popular in South Korea. According to an official statement from South Korea’s Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, the Changwon Regional Prosecution Service’s special investigations division had been investigating alleged match-fixing in the game between January and April 2016. Those charged include players, financial backers, brokers and a betting syndicate.

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• In a bizarre twist to the administrative problems facing the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), a challenger to NNF’s President has reportedly named this weekend’s officials for the Nigerian Premier League, which includes Wale Akinsanya, who died in January. According to the BBC, Chris Giwa, who a Nigerian High Court ruled should replace the incumbent NFF President Amaju Pinnick selected the officials ‘in a move to wrest control’ from Pinnick. Last week FIFA warned the NFF that the High Court’s decision was a contravention of FIFA statutes and that the body could face suspension as a result.

• Alexei Kravtsov, Head of the Russian skating union (CKP) has said that provisional suspensions imposed on three speed skaters after they tested positive for meldonium have been lifted, reports Reuters. World champion Pavel Kulizhnikov, Olympic short-track gold medalist Semion Elistratov and 2015 European short-track champion Ekaterina Konstantinova were all suspended after testing positive for meldonium. Meanwhile, the Russian water polo federation told TASS that it had lifted a provisional suspension imposed on Russian national team player, Alexey Bugaychuk. For an up to date list of athletes serving provisional suspensions for meldonium, click here.

• Indian distance runner Rohini Raut tested positive for 19-Norandrostenedione on 28 February, reports Sportskeeda. It is understood that Raut was informed of the positive by the Indian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on 23 March.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has removed Bolivia from its list of signatories deemed not compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. ‘The Bolivian NOC, has resolved the outstanding issue related to the use of non-accredited laboratories and, as such, finds itself once again Code compliant’, read a 21 April statement.

• UEFA has confirmed that two candidates will stand for election as the female member of the UEFA Executive Committee at the 40th UEFA Congress in Budapest on 3 May. The two candidates will be Karen Espelund of Norway and Florence Hardouin of France.

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