Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The UK Parliament’s Culture Media and Sport Select Committee confirmed that it will hold an oral evidence session on match-fixing in tennis at 2:15pm on 24 February. The Select Committee will interview Nigel Willerton, Director of Integrity at the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU); Chris Kermode, Chairman of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Mark Young, Vice President and Chief Legal and Media Officer, ATP.
• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has removed the Argentinean national anti-doping organisation (NADO) from the list of signatories deemed non-compliant with the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, it announced yesterday. At WADA’s 18 November Foundation Board meeting last year, six Code signatories were deemed non-compliant, as reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative. Israel has also been removed from the list, leaving Andorra, Bolivia, Ukraine and Russia remaining.
• The Belgian cycling federation (KBWB) has said that it will not wait for the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to invest in technology to combat mechanical doping, as its ‘cobbled classics’ season begins this weekend with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.“We don’t want to wait, so we want to buy our own scanner and carry out our own tests next weekend”, KBWB President Tom Van Damme told Road.cc. “There are several reputable firms and our technical committee will make a quick decision, but the cost is high – between €40,000 and €50,000”. The UCI recently revealed that it was investigating its first suspected case of ‘technological fraud’, after a bike that appeared to belong to Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche (pictured) was found to contain a motor.