22nd February 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 February 2021

Rossano Basso, the Coordinator General of the Italian Bodybulding Association (WABBA World), has been sanctioned with a ten year ban, Italy’s anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has confirmed. Basso was sanctioned for possession of a prohibited substance with intent to supply it to athletes; and for attempting to supply a ‘protected person’. Italy’s anti-doping code (CSA) defines a ‘protected person’ as somebody who is not yet 16; somebody who is not yet 18 and hasn’t competed internationally; or somebody that is not deemed to have legal capacity under national legislation. Basso’s ban will expire on 11 February 2031.

Jack’s argument is almost exactly the same as that of a Rugby League player who has been allowed to return to play…

Shayna Jack has already raised over A$36,000 (€23,400) via a GoFundMe page designed to raise funds for her continued fight to prove she didn’t intentionally take Lingradol (LGD-4033). In an emotional video (below), the Australian swimmer reiterates that her family has spent A$130,000 (€84,600) on appealing her four year sanction at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which halved it. However, Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) has appealed the CAS Decision, as has the World Anti-Doping Agency. Adding further complexity to the case is a National Rugby League (NRL) Decision to let James Segeyaro resume playing, as his adverse analytical finding (AAF) for Lingradol ‘was likely to have entered his system via the use of a food blender maintained by a member of his household’. This is almost exactly the same argument put forward by Jack at CAS (see right), which also concluded that she didn’t intentionally ingest the substance.


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• Former volleyball player Jaroslav Vlcko has been sanctioned with a four year ban issued by the Disciplinary Chamber of the Swiss Olympic Committee for possession and attempted use of dehydrochloromethyltestosterone, testosterone and ostarine. ‘In March 2019, border guards examined the volleyball player as part of an identity check and seized the prohibited substances in his luggage’, reads a statement from Anti-Doping Switzerland. Vlcko’s ban runs from the 16 April 2020 date of his provisional suspension.

• A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise the €500,000 bail needed for Lamine Diack, former World Athletics President, to return to Senegal from France, where he remains under house arrest. Diack was arrested in 2015, was sentenced to four years in prison (two of which are suspended) in September last year, and was ordered to pay part of €16 million in damages awarded to World Athletics. The GoFundMe page appears to have been set up by the children of Lamine Diack, however there is no mention of Papa Massata Diack, who worked as a Marketing Consultant for World Athletics. Diack Jr. was sentenced alongside his father to five years in prison in absentia, as he refused to leave Senegal to attend the trial.

• The International Federation of Sports Climbing (IFSC) has confirmed that its World Championship will take place in Moscow from 15-22 September as planned, following conversations with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Under the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling on sanctions applicable to Russia, World Championships must be assigned to another country ‘unless it is legally or practically impossible to do so’.

• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has provisionally suspended Ángel José Luna Marín, after an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for boldenone. The Venezuelan finished 11th in the -96kg category at the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships in Thailand.

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