22nd January 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 January 2021

Dr. Mark Schmidt was sentenced to four years and ten months in prison by a court in Munich, reports AFP. The German doctor was found to have operated a blood doping ring as a result of the Operation Aderlass investigation by Austrian and German police, which began in February 2019 with the arrest of nine people at the Nordic Skiing World Championships in Seefeld, Austria. It is understood that Dr. Schmidt also received a three year ban from practising medicine. The supply of doping products to athletes is a criminal offence in Germany. The Decision was welcomed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA – see below).

• A Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) hearing into the conduct of Dr. Richard Freeman, formerly of British Cycling and Team Sky, resumed today in Manchester. Dr. Freeman has admitted 18 of 22 misconduct charges against him. MPTS hearings began a month late almost three years ago, on 5 March 2019, after Dr. Freeman failed to appear on 6 February 2019. They have been dogged by continued delays. The Guardian’s Sean Ingle is following proceedings via his Twitter account.

• The management agency of Brianna McNeal has released a statement denying that she has returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a prohibited substance, after she was charged with tampering with the doping control process by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics. McNeal won Gold in the 100m hurdles at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

• The International Testing Agency (ITA) has charged three athletes with anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) due to investigations into doping in weightlifting that followed the ‘Lord of the Lifters’ documentary. An ADRV has been asserted against Rattikan (Siripuch) Gulnoi for doping throughout her career; and ADRVs have been asserted against Dumitru Captari and Nijat Rahimov for urine substitution.

• Three mixed martial arts athletes have been sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations under by the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) and the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Eduarda Neves Santanna has been sanctioned with a one year ban following an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for LGD-4033; whilst Vinicius Moreira Castro (Anastrozole) and Andre Ewell (Ostarine) received public warnings.

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