27th July 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 27 July 2021

• Athletics coach Alberto Salazar has been declared permanently ineligible from 26 July by the US Center for SafeSport, based on allegations of sexual and emotional misconduct. The details behind the Decision, which can be appealed, were not published. In September 2019 Salazar, formerly Head Coach at the Nike Oregon Project, was sanctioned with a four year ban for administration of a prohibited method; tampering and/or attempted tampering; and trafficking of testosterone. The full Decision revealed that the sanctions were due to experiments on staff and family members designed to ensure that athletes under his control didn’t commit anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs). The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) held a hearing regarding his appeal against the ban from 8 to 16 November last year, but has yet to publish a Decision.

Thomas Bergamini, winner of the 2021 Gran Fondo Garda Bottecchia, has been sanctioned with a three year ban, Italy’s anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. Bergamini was provisionally suspended on 9 July after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for a metabolite of clostebol and non-endogenous testosterone at the Voghera/Brallo amateur cycling race on 8 May 2021.

Rosnick Grant, former Head of Referees at the Haitian football federation (FHF), has been sanctioned with a lifetime ban for sexual harassment and abuse, announced FIFA’s Ethics Committee. FIFA said that Grant’s abusive conduct occurred over a ten year period from 2011 to 2021. This ten year period of abuse eclipses that perpetrated by Yves Jean-Bart, who was sanctioned with a life ban in November 2020 for sexual harassment and abuse between 2014 and 2020. The background to sexual abuse in Haitian football is outlined in this article.

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