News 26 September 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 26 September

• The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has condemned Fancy Bears’ publication of a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) relating to Cameron van der Burgh, who won silver in the men’s 100m breaststroke in the Rio 2016 Olympic pool. The TUE, for asthma drug salbutamol, was granted by the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) in 2009 and expired in 2013. ‘SAIDS condemns the publication of confidential medical information and the attempt to also discredit individual athletes’, read a statement. ‘SAIDS would like to reassure the South African public that its TUE processes are rigorous and thorough. It remains confident that TUEs in the country are only issued in genuine cases and where they do not give athletes an unfair advantage. That said, the leaks have given rise to speculation about abuse of TUEs by certain athletes and their doctors and there have been suggestions from certain quarters that the TUE process could and should be refined. SAIDS is continually improving its methods as part of the fight against doping and reviews of the TUE system will continue to be part of that.’

• The Serbian association for trotting sport (UKSS) has sanctioned Božidara Miloradovića with a six month ban and a 100,000 dinar fine after his horse, Samson, tested positive for a prohibited substance, reports the country’s anti-doping agency (ADAS). Samson will also face a three-month ban from racing.

• FIFA has advised the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that Saoud Al-Mohannadi is ineligible for upcoming elections to FIFA’s Council. Al-Mohannadi, who is Vice-President of the Qatar Football Association (QFA) and former General Secretary of the QFA, had previously been approved as a candidate, however was ruled out due to Ethics Committee proceedings opened against him earlier this month.

• The Fédération Internationale Equestre (FEI) has announced that all human and equine samples taken at the Rio 2016 Paralympics have returned a negative result. The FEI previously confirmed that all samples taken at the Rio 2016 Olympics returned a negative result.

• A goal by Uzbekistan’s goalkeeper in an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U16 Championship game against North Korea has led to accusations of match-fixing. The Sports Integrity Initiative has asked the AFC if it is investigating. You can view the goal in question below. Meanwhile, scientific testing by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans found that there was no age cheating at the AFC U16 Championship, which was hosted in India.

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