27th December 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 27 December 2017

• Germany’s antitrust authority is considering launching a procedure examining whether Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter constitutes a restriction on competition. The controversial rule prevents athletes participating in the Olympics from allowing their image or performances to be used for advertising from nine days before the Opening Ceremony to the third day after the Closing Ceremony. The Bundeskartellamt said that it would carry out a ‘market test’ to ascertain if a procedure is warranted. Athletes took to Twitter to protest against the Rule ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

• Italy’s National Anti-Doping Tribunal (TNA) has suspended two bodybuilders and a powerlifter after they tested positive for prohibited substances. Roberta Maria Boscaratto returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for mesterolone metabolites, stanozolol metabolites, clenbuterol, anastrozole, canrenone and furosemide at the ‘Night of the Stars’ bodybuilding event in Bussolengo in November. Micaela Zitti returned AAFs for a metabolite of THC (cannabis), oxandrolone and its metabolite, stanozolol metabolites, epioxandrolone and a metabolite of ostarine at the same event. Powerlifter Alessio Manca has been provisionally suspended after returning AAFs for 19-norandrosterone and 19-Noretiocholanolone.

José ‘Tin’ Angulo has been sanctioned with a four year ban after FIFA was successful in its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a decision to sanction him with a one year ban for a cocaine positive. Angulo was sanctioned with a one year ban by the Latin American football confederation (CONMEBOL) after he returned an AAF for cocaine during the Copa Libertadores on 20 July 2016. In contrast, a one year sanction imposed on Peruvian captain Paolo Guerrero by FIFA after he returned an AAF for a cocaine metabolite was reduced to six months following a successful appeal.

• The Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) has told the New Straits Times that a Malaysian cyclist has returned an AAF from an anti-doping test conducted during the Tour de Selangor. It is understood that the cyclist does not contest the result of the test.

• Three eventing jockeys have returned AAFs at the Ocala-Reddick CCI in Florida, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) announced today. The substances involved were amphetamine, canrenone, methylphenidate, and ritalinic acid.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published its International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories, as well as a number of documents regarding its implementation into the World Anti-Doping Code. These include an 18 page legal opinion from Jean-Paul Costa, former President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

• The Scottish Football Association (SFA) has charged Aberdeen Director Duncan Skinner with breaching its rules on betting during the 2014/15 to 2017/18 seasons. The Scottish Premier League club said that it was aware of the charge, but would not be commending further. Skinner is also a SportScotland board member.

• US track and field athlete Kenna Wolter has accepted a two year ban, after the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) obtained non-analytical evidence that she possessed and used two supplements, one of which contained ostarine and the other containing methylstenbolone. USADA decided that due to Wolter’s prompt admission of using the supplements, her sanction should be reduced from the standard four year ban.

• The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has sanctioned powerlifter Ivan Chen with a two year ban, after he returned an AAF for D-amphetamine.

WADA has re-instated the Paris Laboratory. The Laboratory’s accreditation was suspended on 3 November.

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