24th April 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 24 April 2018

• The Interim Report of the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis will be published at a press conference in London tomorrow, Lowick Press Office has announced via email. In January 2016, the Association of Tennis Professionals, (ATP), the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Grand Slam Board commissioned an Independent Review, after it was alleged that tennis’ governing bodies were repeatedly warned about corruption issues. The Terms of Reference for the Independent Review were announced in February 2016. A live stream of the press conference will be available from 13:00 BST on the Tennis Independent Review Panel internet site.

Sebastian Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), met Pavel Kolobkov, Russia’s Minister of Sport, at the IAAF headquarters in Monaco yesterday. RusAF said that the main topic will be the restoration of the Russian Athletics Federation’s (RusAF) membership. RusAF accepted the IAAF decision to suspend its membership on 25 November 2015 (click here to download its letter to the IAAF), after allegations that RusAF and IAAF officials had conspired to cover up positive doping tests.

• FIFA’s Director for Europe, Bjorn Vassallo, has alleged that a Bill designed to tackle match-fixing in Malta has been watered down, reports the Times of Malta. The Bill was originally drafted in February 2017, shortly before match-fixing charges were brought against Uchenna Anyanwu, Manager of Pembroke Athleta, however the Bill was later revised. Vassallo, who Chaired the Anti-Corruption Task Force convened to draft the Bill, complained that several key proposals – such as a requirement that witnesses remain anonymous – had been omitted from the final version of the Bill.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) yesterday issued a Call for Proposals for its 2018 Social Science Research Programme. Proposals must be received by 16 July 2018 via the WADAGrants platform.

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