24th December 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 24 December 2019

• The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics has given the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) until 2 January to respond to charges that it failed to cooperate with and obstructed an investigation into ‘whereabouts’ violations committed by high jumper Danil Lysenko, reports InsideTheGames. RusAF was initially given a 12 December deadline to respond to the AIU’s investigation, which resulted in charges being issued to seven people, including RusAF’s President and Executive Director. Yuliya Tarasenko (Юлию Тарасенко) replaced Dmitry Shlyakhtin (Дмитрий Шляхтин) as RusAF President on 23 November. However, it is understood that Shlyakhtin remains Minister of Sport for the Samara region of Russia.

• Analysis of SMS (text) messages exchanged between Dr. Mark Schmidt and athletes has resulted in two more German cyclists being implicated in the Operation Aderlass blood doping investigation, journalists for ARD have discovered. It is understood that mobile phones with Slovenian SIM cards were used in an attempt to communicate secretly. The Munich prosecutor’s office, which last week issued a 145 page indictment charging Schmidt with grievous bodily harm and four assistants with a number of criminal offences relating to doping, confirmed to journalists that the two unnamed cyclists had also been implicated, taking the number of athletes involved to 25. The prosecutor’s office said that its case file runs to 54 volumes, naming over 30 witnesses. It said that although some of the offences date back to 2012, it can only prosecute offences that took place in Germany since 18 December 2015, when the country criminalised doping in sport. 

• Four Russians have been sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs). Middle distance runner Ilnaz Minigaleev (Ильназ Минигалеев) has been sanctioned with a four year ban for evading a doping test, the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) announced. Cross country skier Danil Kharichev (Харичева Даниила) has been sanctioned with a nine month ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a prohibited substance, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced. Powerlifter Ekaterina Uramchenko (Екатерину Урамченко) has been sanctioned with a four year ban after returning an AAF for a prohibited substance, RUSADA announced; and powerlifter Zahar Arapov (Захара Арапова) has been sanctioned with a two year ban. A Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) statement (click here to download) outlined that he had tested positive for 19-norandrosterone and 19-norethiocholanolone.

Khalid Taha has accepted a one year sanction for violating the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) Anti-Doping Policy, the UFC and USADA announced. Taha, of Dortmund, Germany, returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for furosemide from a 6 October urine sample. Furosemide is a diuretic and masking agent.

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