News 22nd March 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 March 2016

Gulshat Fazletdinova has become the latest Russian to test positive for meldonium, reports Russian news agency TASS. Fazletdinova won the 5,000m during the Russian Winter Championships. Yesterday, the Russian athletics federation (RusAF) announced that four of its athletes had tested positive at the Winter Championships, which took place in Moscow from 23 to 25 February. Click here for a list of athletes who have tested positive for meldonium since the introduction of the 2016 Prohibited List on a January.

• Swimmer Kunal Basak has been given a two-year ban by the Indian Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, reports the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA). Basak tested positive for stimulant methylhexaneamine at the 42nd Indian Junior National Aquatic Championships, and will be banned from 20 August 2015, the date of his positive test.

• Australian boxer Lucas Browne has failed a post-fight drug test following his victory over Ruslan Ghagaev. Browne confirmed on Twitter this he is ‘seeking legal advice’. It is understood that the positive is for clenbuterol, which can often be the result of eating contaminated meat. The test was conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA), which has signed a partnership with the World Boxing Council (WBC).

• A former professional cyclist has pleaded guilty to importing and selling performance-enhancing drugs, reports CBS News. Nick Brandt-Sorenson, 35, will be sentenced on 20 July. Brandt-Sorenson was sanctioned with a two-year ban by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2012 for use of efaproxiral, which enhances the delivery of oxygen to muscle tissue. He is now retired and is involved with a cycling apparel business.

• The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has annulled an event due to ‘nationalistic judging’ at a three-star dressage event in Lier, Belgium. ‘The FEI has found evidence of  nationalistic judging in favour of a Ukrainian athlete, Inna Logutenkova, by two Ukrainian judges in the Grand Prix Special test on 2 March 2016’, read an FEI statement. ‘As a result, the FEI Dressage Committee, with the full support of the FEI Executive Board, has ruled that the results from the CDI3* Grand Prix Special will not count towards the Olympic and World Rankings’.

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