24th July 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 24 July 2017

• Spain’s Higher Sports Council (CSD) has asked the country’s sports tribunal to initiate disciplinary proceedings against three Spanish football association (RFEF) executives arrested last week on corruption charges. On 20 July, the Audiencia Nacional ordered that the three RFEF executives implicated in the charges should be taken into custody. The CSD said that it would suspend all three executives as soon as the sports tribunal makes its decision.

• Former soldier Ronnie Mackay has been sentenced to two years imprisonment on a charge of match-fixing, reports Malta Today. It is understood that Mackay had attempted to fix a Malta vs. Montenegro U21 match on 23 March 2016, as well as a 29 March game against the Czech Republic. U21 player Seyble Zammit, the son of a former national team player, escaped charges after admitting match-fixing and assisting the police, having initially denied involvement.

• The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has created an Ethics Panel and Audit Committee, which will be appointed at its General Congress, now to take place every two years rather than four. FINA also announced that it will ban adverts from betting companies at its events, as well as those from alcohol and tobacco companies. FINA has also changed its rules to allow its President to serve three four-year terms. This coincided with the election of Julio C. Maglione for his third term as FINA President.

• Analysis of the B samples from two CA River Plate players have confirmed their adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for hydrochlorothiazide, reports Ultima Hora. The Argentinean club previously blamed AAFs reported by Lucas Martínez Quatra and Camilo Mayada on contaminated supplements.

• Italian police are investigating several football clubs thought to be aiding the illegal entry of young African players into the country, reports Gazetta dello Sport. The offices of two Serie A and two Serie B clubs were searched on 20 July, the newspaper reported.

• The World Boxing Association (WBA) suspended Shannon Briggs for six months following a 14 May positive test. ‘Briggs and his team were notified since the test results were known and they were given the opportunity to open the B sample, as indicated in the body’s regulations’, read a statement. ‘However, they did not take this option and, according to the regulations, he must comply with the respective sanction that expires on November 13th, 2017’.

• The latest list of provisional suspensions published by the International Cycling Union (UCI) has revealed that Croatian cyclist Matija Kvasina has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for Molidustat on 26 and 28 May. It is understood that Kvasina tested positive for the experimental drug at the Flèche du Sud, where he took the overall victory. It is understood that Molidustat works by blocking the production of an enzyme known as prolyl hydroxylase, which itself inhibits the production of hypoxia-inducing factors (HIFs), which cause the body to adapt to a low oxygen environment by stimulating the production of erythropoietin (EPO).

• The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) has published its quarterly report for the second quarter of 2017. The TADP conducted 2,223 tests during the first half of 2017 (January to June) and reported just one anti-doping rule violation (Dan Evans), representing a violation rate of 0.045%. This compares to a violation rate of 0.14% during the 2016 year.

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