News 25th March 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 25 March 2019

• The Serbian Association of Bodybuilding, Fitness, Body Fitness and Aerobics has sanctioned Aleksandr Zivkovic and Ivana Milic with four year bans, after they returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs) at the National Championships in Aranđelovac on 20 October last year. Zivkovic tested positive for andarine, clenbuterol, furosemide, LGD-4033 and ostarine; whilst Milic tested positive for canrenone, clenbuterol, stanozolol and tamoxifen, announced the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS).

Robert Garrigus has been sanctioned by the PGA Tour with a three month ban after testing positive for a ‘substance of abuse’, reports the Associated Press. In a statement on Twitter, the golfer admitted to a ‘relapse’ involving marijuana.

Ricardo Broxham has been sanctioned with a one year ban after reporting an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for Heptaminol, a cardiac stimulant, announced Cycling South Africa. It is understood that the international cycling union (UCI) has imposed a ban from 22 September 2018, as well as disqualification of all results from the 2018 Junior Track Cycling World Championships.

Birmingham City has been sanctioned with a nine point deduction for breaching the English Football League’s (EFL) Profit and Sustainability Rules. “The Profitability and Sustainability Rules, aligned with those in the Premier League, became effective in 2015/16”, said an EFL spokesperson in a statement. “Season 2017/18 was the end of the first full reporting period with Birmingham City the only Club found to have breached those requirements, when it incurred adjusted losses of £48.787 million, £9.787 million in excess of the permitted losses. The Disciplinary Commission had the opportunity to consider all relevant factors in reaching its determination, including the Club’s mitigation.” In a statement, the club outlined that it has 14 days in which to consider an appeal against the EFL decision (PDF below).

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced that it has published a summary of the closed Athlete Session which took place at its Annual Symposium, which took place in Lausanne from 13-14 March. Some of the concerns raised by athletes at the Symposium are highlighted in this article.

• Swedish tennis player David Norfeldt has been competing for the University of San Diego despite being subject to a ban for illicit gambling, reports the San Diego Union Tribune. It is understood that a sanction implemented by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) is not applicable in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) events.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chair of Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), has been questioned by French police over the awarding of the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships to Doha, reports AFP. It is understood that investigators are examining two payments totalling $3.5 million made in 2011 by Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) to Pamodzi Sports Consulting, owned by Papa Massata Diack, son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack. It has been alleged that the payments were sent shortly before London was awarded the 2017 IAAF Worlds, for which Doha was also bidding. In 2014, Doha was awarded the 2019 Worlds.

• A member of the US weightlifting team who alleges she was raped by a teammate has issued a new lawsuit against the alleged perpetrator, the US Olympic Committee and USA Weightlifting, reports InsideTheGames. It is understood that Jennyfer Roberts initially lodged a complaint alleging that Colin Burns raped her whilst she was incapacitated due to alcohol and sleep after a pre-Olympics test event in Rio during 2016. It is understood that the complaint was passed to SafeSport during 2017, and Burns overturned a ten year ban imposed by the organisation for the offence.

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