News 26th April 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 26 April 2021

• The Judicial Control Authority (JCA) of New Zealand has disqualified a greyhound trainer for four months after ‘Zipping Sarah’ tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine after winning the ‘Len, Jane and Penny Hart Memorial Feature’ at Addington Raceway run on 12 November 2020. Angela Turnwald, the trainer involved, initially denied the charge but changed her plea following advice from her Counsel. She initially claimed that syndicate members who had smoked methamphetamine had patted the dog post race, but abandoned that defence after scientific evidence showed that the greyhound must have ingested methamphetamine prior to the race.

• Two Russian athletes have received sanctions of 12 and 18 months for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) involving trimetazidine, the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) announced. Valeria Antoshina (Валерии Антошиной) received a backdated 12 month ban which expired on 23 March. The high jumper tested positive on 18 February 2020, and her results will be cancelled from that date. Tatyana Peredunova (Татьяны Передуновой) received a backdated 18 month ban which expires on 20 November 2021 due to a positive test that occurred in 2015. The runner’s results from 21 March 2015 to 20 September 2017 have been cancelled, meaning she will keep the Silver medal she won in the February 2015 Russian Junior Championships.

• The Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS ADD) has sanctioned Timofey Lapshin with a 12 month ban from 23 April for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) dating back to 2013, which will allow him to compete at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. In September 2020, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) informed Lapshin that reanalysis of a sample given at the Izhevsk Rifle competition had returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for tuaminoheptane. The CAS ADD found that the source of the tuaminoheptane was a nasal spray listed on Lapshin’s doping control form. In November 2020, an External Review Commission (ERC) appointed by the IBU found that the IBU had conspired to cover up Russian doping cases. Lapshin, a Russian, has competed for South Korea since 2017. In January this year, the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) concluded that a combination of various factors caused a mass withdrawal at the 2020 Izhevsk Rifle competition and not the arrival of doping control officers, as asserted by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

• A swimmer who had qualified for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) in an 18 March out of competition test. ‘All the swimmer’s results at the Olympic Qualifiers will be provisionally suspended until otherwise decided’, read a Friday statement from the Brazilian water sports confederation (CDBA). The results from the 100m freestyle competition have been updated to also list the second place finisher as finishing first, which has led to speculation that the athlete involved is André Luiz Calvelo de Souza. De Souza has not commented, but on Friday posted ‘Tokyo 2021 – my dream is realised. Thank you God’ on Instagram.

Benjamin Mokulu Tembe has been sanctioned with a one year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving clostebol, Italy’s anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. The footballer’s ban will run from the 18 February date of his positive test. Serie C club Ravenna, where Mokulu is on loan from Serie A club Padova, said that it ‘accepted’ the decision.

• In the first quarter of 2021, Global Lottery Monitoring Services (GLMS) reported 23 matches to its partners. Sixteen of the 23 alerts concerned football, and GLMS was requested to prepare 20 analysis reports by its partners. A total of 323 alerts were generated during the period, 244 of which were created before the start of a match, ten during a match, and 69 after a match had finished. An alert means that irregular betting patterns have been detected and leads to consultation with GLMS members. When the alert cannot be justified on objective grounds and information from GLMS members further indicates an irregularity, then a report is issued to the sporting organisation in question.

The terms of reference for the ‘Fan-led Review of Football Governance’…

• The UK Parliament’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published its Terms of Reference for its Fan-led Review of Football Governance. The review is designed to give football supporters a greater say in the running of the game; whether existing oversight of foreign ownership of clubs is sufficient; as well as measures to protect the identity of clubs. The report and its recommendations will be presented to the UK Parliament.

Richard Freeman is to appeal a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) ruling that resulted in his name being struck off the medical register, reports The Guardian. Freeman was formerly Team Doctor to British Cycling and Team Sky, and was found to be guilty of 20 charges.

Engjel Makelara has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for cannabis, announced Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia). The positive test took place at the Petrarca Padova vs. Fermi-CZ Rovigo Top-10 rugby union match on 27 March.

• Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) updated its Guidance on payments to intermediaries on 23 April. The Guidance indicates that HMRC will be reviewing whether it considers the apportionment of work carried out by the agent to be fair. In cases of dual representation, where an agent represents both the player and the club, then the Guidance advises that clubs should retain documentation regarding how it calculated the fees due to the agent.

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