Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Suspension for jockey: The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) imposed a provisional suspension from 21 October on South African rider Jonathan Clarke, whose horse Felix Van De Mispelaere tested positive for minoxidil. Minoxidil is a vasodilator (causes blood vessels to dilate) prohibited under the FEI Equine Prohibited List.
• Japanese baseball match-fixing blow: The Yomiuri Giants, a high profile professional baseball team in Japan, have formally apologised after two of their pitchers, Shoki Kasahara and Ryuya Matsumoto, were found to have gambled on baseball games. According to the AFP, Tokyo 2020 officials said that the issue ‘threatens the integrity of sport and the trust of baseball fans and society in general.’ Olympic officials reportedly fear that any further revelations could jeopardise baseball’s inclusion at the Tokyo Games.
• Armstrong testimony renews doping allegations: According to USA Today Lance Armstrong has said under oath that Frankie Andreu, his former cycling teammate, ‘doped for the majority of this career… That is absolutely the truth.’ The news site said the testimony was revealed on Monday in court documents filed by the federal government, who are suing Armstrong for fraud in a case that could cost him millions of dollars.
• Darts player apologies after positive cocaine test: Richie Burnett, who won the BDO World Championships in 1995, has apologised on Twitter after receiving an 18-month ban testing positive for cocaine. The darts player said that those close to him would ‘know the personal challenges I have faced over recent years’ and said that he had been seeking professional help for depression.