News 25th November 2015

Sports integrity briefs – 25 Nov. 2015

• Suspected match-fixing kingpin ‘Dan’ Tan Seet Eng has been released from detention in Singapore, reports the BBC. Tan is wanted by authorities in a number of countries over match-fixing allegations that date back to the 1990s.

Dick Pound, President of the Independent Commission appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of systemic doping in Russia, has said that part two of its report will be just as explosive as part one. “When we release this information to the world, there will be a wow factor”, Pound told The Independent. “People will say: ‘How on earth could this happen?’ It’s a complete betrayal of what the people in charge of the sport should be doing.” The second part of the report, which has been delayed due to ongoing criminal investigations, will now not be published until 2016.

• The Confederation of African Athletics has announced its support for Lamine Diack (pictured), former President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Diack is currently being investigated by Interpol over allegations that he accepted money for covering up positive Russian doping tests.

• Brazilian police investigating alleged corruption involving state-run oil firm Petrobras are to probe construction contracts for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games worth US$10 billion, reports Reuters.

• Suspended FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter may consider fighting any attempt by the independent FIFA Ethics Committee to remove him from power. “Mr Blatter was elected by the FIFA congress and only the congress can remove his power”, Blatter’s advisor Klaus Stoehlker told RTE. Blatter created the independent Ethics Committee in 2012. The BBC reports that Michel Platini could face a life ban.

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