25th January 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 25 January 2021

Adeline Bervoux has been sanctioned with a two year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving acetazolamide, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced. At a 24 September 2019 test, the wheelchair tennis player listed Cymbalta: 60mg; Lyrica: 300mg x 2; Diamond: 60mg; and Lp voltarene: 100mg on her doping control form. She argued that she had been taking Diamox (‘Diamond’) since March 2014 for intercranial pressure, hydrocephalus due to a crushed optic nerve, lens spasm and sight loss. She did not have a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) and due to the need for all TUEs to be filed in English, which she doesn’t speak, wasn’t aware of the need for one. She also failed to retroactively apply for a TUE. ‘We have deferred issuing a decision in this most unfortunate case until now’, reads the full Sport Resolutions Decision. ‘However, the point has now been reached where we have no option but reach a decision on the evidence before us. We regret that this is so, but there is no alternative.’

• An insight into polydrug (more than one drug) use by powerlifters is provided through ‘Polydrug use and drug market intersections within powerlifting cultures in remote South-West England’, a scientific paper examining the experiences of 18 powerlifters in the southwest of England by Luke Turnock, a Criminology Lecturer at the University of Lincoln. The paper also examines the intersection between image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDs) and recreational drugs such as cocaine and/or cannabis. 

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld a lifetime ban imposed on Mauricio Alvarez-Guzman, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) announced. The Chilean tennis player was sanctioned on 15 March 2019.

• The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has rejected an application by Dayana Yastremska to lift a provisional suspension imposed on her following an adverse analytical finding for mesterolone. The Ukrainian argues that she has been advised that the concentration of mesterolone in her sample is consistent with contamination, and has vowed to clear her name.

• Sabre fencer Alessia Di Carlo has been sanctioned with a one year ban, Italy’s anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. Arcangelo Lapicca, an athlete unaffiliated to a national sporting federation, has also been sanctioned with a four year ban. His name features on the Italian cycling federation’s (FCI) list of sanctioned athletes and athlete support personnel.

• Professor Katsuhiro Miyamoto of Kansai University has estimated that holding the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics without spectators would result in a ¥2,413.3 billion (€19.15 billion) economic loss to Japan. On 19 March last year, the Professor estimated that cancellation of the Games would cost Japan ¥4,515.1 billion (€35.8 billion) and postponement of the Games to this year would result in a ¥640.8 billion (€5 billion) loss; and on 10 November he estimated that simplification of the Games would cost Japan ¥1,389.8 billion.

• The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has sanctioned 35 people for betting offences in violation of the ESIC Anti-Corruption Code, ranging from 12 months to 60 months depending on the severity of the offence. It has also fined Vitality $10,000 for violations of its rules on Stream Sniping during a BLAST Premier match against Team Liquid. Although a television was found in the common area of the Vitality lounge featuring the broadcast stream, ESIC said that there was no attempt to gain an advantage and Vitality staff just wanted ‘to view the match where they were working’.

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