News 24th April 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 24 April 2020

Nicolás Jarry has been sanctioned with an 11 month ban, after proving that an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving SARM LGD-4033 (Lingradol) and stanozolol was due to bespoke supplements prescribed by a Brazilian physician. The Full Decision (PDF below) outlines that initial tests of the four supplements, manufactured by Orthofarma, revealed the presence of stanozolol but not LGD-4033. When all four were combined at the request of the tennis player, they returned an AAF for LGD-4033. Jarry’s sanction will be backdated to his provisional suspension, which means he will be free to resume tennis in November.

• Russian cyclist Aleksandra Goncharova (Александру Гончарову) has been sanctioned with a four year ban from 9 September 2019, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced. The professional cyclist signed with the Servetto – Piumate – Beltrami TSA team last year. RUSADA also announced that based on a Decision it took, the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation has sanctioned Daria Tolkacheva (Дарью Толкачеву) with a four year ban. The coach was judged to have violated Article 2.5 of the All Russian Anti-Doping Rules, which prohibits ‘Any behaviour that impedes doping control procedures [including] intentionally obstructing or attempting to obstruct a doping officer, providing false information to an anti-doping organization, or intimidating or attempting to intimidate a potential witness’.

Tamas Ajan, former President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), has been awarded the honorary title of weightlifting Ambassador and awarded severance pay, report journalists for ARD. The IWF Executive Board accepted the resignation of Ajan last week, after the same journalists alleged corruption regarding the IWF’s anti-doping system and within its finances. Richard McLaren, appointed by the IWF to investigate, will publish a Report into the allegations on 4 June.

• The international cycling union (UCI) has completed its Report into Patrick Van Gansen, after former members of the Team Health Mate – Ladies Team alleged inappropriate behaviour in an Open Letter published by Wielerflits. In a statement, the UCI said that the matter has been handed over to its Disciplinary Commission. A statement of reply to the Open Letter, in which Van Gansen said that he had lodged a criminal complaint for defamation, has since been removed from the Team’s internet site.

• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has confirmed three Iraqi weightlifters have retuned adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for higenamine. The three are Safaa Rashid Al-Jumail, who won Gold in the 85kg category at the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games; Alaifuri Salwan, who won Silver in the +105kg category at the same Games; and Ahmed Al-Hussein, who holds three national records in the 77kg category.

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