Press releases 27th June 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 27 June 2016

• Former South African cricketers are facing life bans and criminal charges for match-fixing, according to a report in the country’s Sunday Times. The report quotes ‘well placed sources’ confirming that one national team (Proteas) player will be banned for life, and others are to face 20-year bans.

• Russian Minister for Sport Vitaly Mutko has claimed that Russia is paying UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) £32,000 per month to conduct testing in Russia. Mutko told Match-TV that since January, UKAD has carried out 3,500 tests and just four have returned a positive result. This comment ignores the 49 meldonium positives returned by Russian athletes, as well as the serious issues outlined by UKAD regarding sample collection in Russia.

• The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) will conduct between 3,000 and 4,000 ‘technological fraud’ tests at this year’s Tour de France, it confirmed in a statement today. The Tour de France takes place 2-24 July.

• Hennessy Sports and Tyson Fury have denied that the heavyweight champion is under investigation by UK Anti-Doping, as reported by the Sunday Mirror. ‘We are baffled by today’s story in the Sunday Mirror’, read a statement. ‘Tyson Fury absolutely denies any allegation of doping. He looks forward to recovering from his injury and defending his titles against Wladimir Klitschko in October’.

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