22nd February 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 February 2019

• Belgium’s Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that two people have been arrested and eight have been summoned for questioning by investigators, following three searches carried out in Flanders in relation to its investigation into corruption in football. ‘This series of actions is to be placed in the financial part of the investigation’, read a statement. ‘It is a question of establishing the circuit followed by relatively large sums of money potentially linked to hidden commissions that P.M. would have received. It is important to note that this is not research on the “match-fixing” part of the investigation.’ It is understood from Belgian media reports that ‘P.M.’ refers to Peter Maes, a former football coach. In October, Belgian prosecutors outlined the huge scale of corruption uncovered by investigators. 

• A hearing scheduled for today regarding a claim for damages by Leslie Sedibe, former CEO of the South African Football Association (SAFA) against his former employer has been postponed. ‘The root cause of the postponement was that in January 2019 – more than two and half years after first launching the case – Mr Sedibe materially changed the nature of his claim against SAFA’, read a SAFA statement, adding it was confident that his case would be dismissed. Sedibe launched a legal claim for R5 million (€315,000) against SAFA in June 2016, alleging that two former SAFA officials had defamed him by alleging that he was involved with match-fixing, which led to FIFA imposing a five year ban. Sedibe is seeking to have the decision reviewed.

The WADA IP Report found that Mutko ordered the covering up of a footballer’s positive test…

• The Russian Football Union (RFS) has elected Alexander Dyukov (Алекса́ндр Дю́ков), Chairman and CEO of Gazprom, to replace Russia’s former Minister for Sport, Vitaly Mutko, as its President. Dyukov is also President of FC Zenit. Mutko was promoted to become a Vice President of Russia, but was asked to step down as head of the organising committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia after being implicated as covering up positive doping tests in the Reports produced by Richard McLaren for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). 

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has removed the Nigerian National Anti-Doping Committee (NADC) from its list of signatories that are not compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. The NADC was declared non-compliant in November last year but since then, has implemented corrective measures in partnership with the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS).

Robin Tétreault, a triathlete, has been sanctioned with an 18 month ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for terbutaline, a Beta-2 agonist, announced the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). Tétreault, who competed in the 40-44 year old age category, admitted the violation.

• The international equestrian federation (FEI) has announced three adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for prohibited substances in horses. Kekmadar and Si Quilombo both tested positive for arsenic at the same event in Abu Dhabi during December. Sarem tested positive for stanozolol and 16-beta-hydroxystanozolol at an event in Saudi Arabia on 9 February. Details on all horses and athletes suspended by the FEI can be accessed here.

• The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has sanctioned a 43 year old cyclist with a two year ban for lacking a valid Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for testosterone. Ira Sorensen’s two year ban began on 8 September 2018, however his competitive results have been disqualified from 19 March 2011, the date he began using his medication.

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