25th September 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 25 September 2018

• The Powerlifting Federation of Russia has sanctioned one athlete with an eight year ban and another with a four year ban, announced the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). Nina Kondrashev (Кондрашеву Нину) has been sanctioned with an eight year ban from 24 August; and Alexander Avanesyan (Аванесян Александру) has been sanctioned with a four year ban from 6 August.

• The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has denied any wrongdoing, after the Zagreb State Attorney’s Office reportedly ordered an investigation into the resale of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia tickets intended for officials. ‘We can state that the Croatian Football Federation and its leading figures have not been involved in irregularities involving fraudulent disposal and distribution of tickets for World Cup matches’, read a statement. ‘Of course, it is theoretically possible that some irresponsible individual, regardless of the source of purchased tickets, abused FIFA’s rules and resold a ticket, but the HNS does not have any influence or control over this.’

• Italy’s national anti-doping organisation (NADO Italia) has confirmed that sanctions have been issued to two female bodybuilders, an amateur cyclist and a para athlete. Bodybuilders Laura de Rosa and Sabrina Perazzo have been sanctioned with four year bans commencing on 24 September and expiring on 23 July 2022. Amateur cyclist Francesca Buonfiglio has been sanctioned with a one year ban, and para athlete Mario Frison has been sanctioned with a five month ban.

• The Union of European Football Associations’ (UEFA) Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) is to reopen an investigation into whether Paris Saint-Germain are in compliance with its Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play (CLFFP) Regulations, reports Keir Radnedge. The CFCB closed an investigation into the French club in June, after allegations that Neymar’s €410 million transfer from FC Barcelona amounted to ‘financial doping’.

• The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), Russian International Olympic University and the Russian Ministry of Sports held an educational project entitled ‘Ethics in sport: the key aspects of anti-doping activities’ yesterday. Representatives from over 50 Russian regions attended, as well as the Anti-Doping Agency of Azerbaijan.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has sent a letter to the Haitian government and Olympic Committee informing them that unless an anti-doping agency is established by January next year, Haitian athletes could risk being excluded from international competition, reports Haiti Libre. It is understood that measures are being implemented to establish a Haitian anti-doping agency.

• The International Cricket Council (ICC) is investigating whether an illegal approach was made to Afghan cricketer Mohammad Shazad to underperform during the Asia Cup, reports The News. The ICC’s ACU told a media conference that it has conducted 32 investigations in the last 12 months, reported the newspaper.

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