News 24th May 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 24 May 2016

• A Belgian water-polo player has been issued with a six-month ban by the National Anti-Doping Agency of Flanders after he tested positive for cannabis. ‘On January 23, 2016, the water polo player Louis Brodeur (BEL) was tested positive to the prohibited substance Carboxy-THC (Class S.8 Cannabinoids) following a doping control test conducted on the occasion of the water polo competitions in Mechelen (BEL)’, confirmed a statement from the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA).

• Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva has told the Press Association that she plans to file a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) if she is prevented from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF) Council will decide whether Russia’s ban can be lifted on 17 June.

• The British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) hearing into Jim Best’s appeal against a four-year ban issued for ‘corrupt[ing] a young man to ensure horses were not run on their merits’ begins today. As previously reported by The Sports Integrity Initiative, the hearing could result in the BHA having to annul a number of disciplinary sanctions, as Best’s appeal contends that the Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel in his case, Solicitor Matthew Lohn, has acted professionally for the BHA in the past, presenting a conflict of interests. A date of 1 June has been held in reserve for a second day in Best’s hearing, in case it is needed.

• A rugby league player is facing a charge of perverting the course of justice and false imprisonment after locking a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) official in his garage, reports the BBC. Sam Barlow, who plays for Leigh Centurions, was visited at his home in Halifax, West Yorkshire in July 2015. He will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on 27 June after a drugs panel hearing on 6 June.

• A former football player involved in match-fixing in Malaysia during the 1990s has spoken about the threats used by bookmakers in order to get players to comply with their wishes. “It was the 1992 season”, P. Ravindran told The Star Online. “We had not followed the bookies’ instructions for two games. The moment they lost, they warned us with guns.” Ravindran was one of 84 footballers charged with match-fixing in 1994.

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