News 24th March 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 24 March 2020

• During a coordinated week of action from 3-10 March under Operation Pangea XIII, 48,000 suspect packages were seized by customs and regulatory authorities across 90 countries. The vast majority of the packages involved fake medical products relating to the Covid-19 virus, announced Interpol, however doping substances such as anabolic steroids were also seized. The Swiss Agency for Medical Products announced that 14 of 184 packages seized substances prohibited in sport. ‘Anti Doping Switzerland will now check the importers of these seized products’, read a statement. ‘For the collection and destruction of drugs, a fee of at least 400 francs will be charged. If it turns out that an importer has breached the Swiss Olympic doping statutes, a disciplinary procedure may be initiated against them, which may lead to a ban in sport’.

• The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) has reinstated Franchon Crews-Dezurn as the Super Middleweight Champion, accepting a petition filed by the boxer after Alejandra Jimenez reported an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) for stanozolol. Jimenez reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for the substance a day before she defeated Crews-Dezurn on 11 January to take the World Boxing Council (WBC) and WBO title. Jimenez argued that her post-fight test was negative, however the WBC later announced that analysis of her B sample confirmed the AAF. The WBO’s response to Crews-Dezurn’s petition (PDF below) reveals that Jimenez has been sanctioned with a three month ban, expiring on 11 April.

Berehanu Tsegu, who won the 10,000m at the 2019 African Games, has been sanctioned with a four year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics. The Ethiopian was sanctioned after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for erythropoietin (EPO) in a 15 September 2019 test at the Copenhagen Half Marathon. Tsegu argued that the AAF was due to hospital treatment for gastroenteritis, and requested analysis of his B sample, which confirmed the AAF. On 3 January, he denied the AIU’s charges in a written statement. On 10 March 2020, he changed his position and admitted the charge. The Decision (PDF below) doesn’t explain his change in position.

• An Italian cyclist, who is a minor, has been sanctioned with a one year ban from 7 December 2020, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. 

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