26th June 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 26 June 2020

Barry Fudge will step down as British Athletics’ Head of Endurance at the end of June. “It’s a difficult time for the performance team and the sport as a whole, but it has been great to see British Athletics use the opportunity to push on with recruiting the new Head Coach and Performance Director ahead of Tokyo 2021”, said Fudge in an emailed statement. “The time is right for me to move on, and I am looking forward to watching our athletes progress and succeed at future championships”. Fudge also played a key role in arranging the delivery of L-Carnitine to Mo Farah on the instructions of Alberto Salazar, and told Farah to admit receiving L-Carninite injections after he had denied receiving them.

• The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has discovered that a noose found in the stall of Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway on 21 June had been there since October 2019. ‘The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week’, read a statement. ‘The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019.  Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.’

• Swedish wrestler Jenny Fransson, who won a Bronze medal in the 69kg category at the Rio 2016 Olympics, has been sanctioned with a four year ban which would rule her out of the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics, reports Expressen. Fransson returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for traces of methyltestosterone in February. It is understood that she plans to appeal.

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