News 27 May 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 27 May 2016

• The Ethics and Disciplinary Committee of the Romanian Football Federation (FRF) has suspended three coaches and 14 footballers at second division side Gloria Buzau over match-fixing allegations. The bans vary from two months to two years and included fines of 200,000 lei (€44,360) for the coaches involved and between 10,000 (€2,218) and 50,000 lei (€11,090) for the players.

Maria Sharapova has been named in Russia’s tennis team for the 2016 Rio Olympics despite being provisionally suspended from the sport after testing positive for meldonium earlier this year. Earlier this week the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) ‘amended the criteria for selection for the Olympic Games’ so that any athlete convicted of doping ‘in recent years’ can not be a member of the Russian national Olympic team to compete at the Rio Olympics.

• The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced that its Anti-Doping Tribunal has banned Italian cyclist Fabio Taborre for four years following his conviction for an anti-doping rule violation. Taborre failed a drugs test in July last year for the presence of FG-4592, a compound designed to increase an individual’s red blood cell count in order to combat anaemia. In November last year, Taborre’s former team Androni-Sidermec filed a lawsuit against him and another rider for what the Team Manager described as ‘criminal behaviour’.

• An expert panel has been appointed to review the culture within British Cycling, after allegations of sexist and discriminatory comments were made against its former Technical Director, Shane Sutton. British Cycling has also been forced to apologise after an April email emerged, which appeared to warn riders that their chances of being selected for the Rio 2016 Olympics would be jeopardised if they gave unfavourable comments to the media.

• The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has expressed ‘concerns’ over corruption allegations surrounding Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, The Guardian reports. The IOC’s Vice-President John Coates also said during a visit to Tokyo that the IOC had a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to corruption. Earlier this month French prosecutors confirmed that they are investigating a payment titled ‘Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Bid’ made company owned by Papa Massata Diack, son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack.

• The BBC has reported that Kenya’s parliament has once again approved changes to anti-doping legislation in a bid to have its athletes allowed to compete at this year’s Rio Olympics. Earlier this month the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) declared the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) non-compliant, deeming a new Anti-Doping Bill passed by Kenya’s government to have not addressed the ‘outstanding issues’, namely the establishment of a new independent NADO in Kenya. There is no guarantee that the latest legislation will meet WADA’s requirements.

• The World Boxing Council has released a statement confirming that it has been ‘notified by the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission’ that Romanian-Canadian boxer Lucian Bute had tested positive for the banned substance Ostarine. Ostarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator used to treat muscle wasting and osteoporosis. Bute is a former IBF super-middleweight champion; the D.C. Commission, based in Washington, USA, found the banned substance following a test on Bute after a super middleweight title bout in the city.

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