25th April 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 25 April 2019

Sport Ireland’s ADRVs…

• Sport Ireland spent over €1 million conducting 1,112 tests (€906.5 per test) to return one anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) during 2018, which involved a four month ban issued to a boxer for use of cannabis. Sport Ireland approved 24 therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) in 2018, the most common sport being rugby union (6).

The costs of Sport Ireland’s tasing programme…

• England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced its 2017/18 Anti-Doping Annual Report, which involves two anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) from 739 tests in the professional game (0.3% of tests resulted in an ADRV) and three ADRVs from 99 tests in the community game (3% of tests resulted in an ADRV). The two ADRVs in the professional game involved Brandon Staples, who was sanctioned with a four year ban after claiming that an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for three substances was due to a protein shake consumed whilst on holiday; and Ashley Johnson of Wasps, who was sanctioned with a six month ban after proving that his AAF for hydrochlorothiazide was due to mistaken ingestion of his wife’s fat-stripping tablets, The Secret. In addition, four illicit drug programme violations were detected from 332 tests (1.2% – the RFU tests for illicit drugs separately from those considered performance-enhancing).

Jarlinson Pantano Gomez has written that he is ‘waiting and wanting everything to be resolved’, after the International Cycling Union (UCI) last week announced that he had reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for erythropoietin (EPO) on 26 February. The UCI said that the Colombian cyclist had the right to request analysis of his B sample, but said that it would not comment further.

• The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has received reports of a number of adverse analytical findings (AAFs) involving Kenyan athletes from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), reports the Daily Nation. ADAK told the newspaper that one of the reports involved a footballer, and ADAK is still evaluating whether it is possible that the substance was ingested accidentally before passing on case management to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).

• The international equestrian federation (FEI) has announced that a rider, trainer and person responsible have been provisionally suspended after horse Tra Duncan returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for Diisopropylamine. The horse has also been provisionally suspended for two months.

Gonzalo Carneiro has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) involving a metabolite of cocaine, reports Globo. Brazilian club São Paulo told the news wire that the Brazilian Laboratory for doping control (ABCD) had communicated the AAF to the Uruguayan footballer earlier this week, and it is understood that he has requested analysis of his B sample. The Sports Integrity Initiative has asked the ABCD to confirm the AAF, but has yet to receive a reply.

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