27th May 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 27 May 2021

• Asbel Kiprop, who is currently serving a four year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving erythropoietin (EPO), has told The Standard that he will challenge Athletics Kenya’s ban on preventing those who have served a doping ban from representing the country. The 1,500m runner and three times World Champion is banned until 2 February next year, but plans to challenge the rule on his return. In a 2011 ruling, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) scrapped the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) ‘Osaka Rule’, which banned athletes convicted of an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) from the next edition of the Olympic Games. The following year, the British Olympic Association (BOA) scrapped plans for a similar rule, but pointed out that it would be acceptable if incorporated into the World Anti-Doping Code.

Twenty one of 172 participants in the 23 May 100km Yellow River Stone Forest Huanghe Shilin Mountain Marathon in China have died, after the ultramarathon was hit by freezing weather conditions. Eight people were also injured, one of whom is understood to be in a serious condition. ‘Rescue insurance funds have been fully prepared and compensation funds from the event operator, Shenjing Company, and from government funds have been put in place’, read a statement from Gansu Province, where the race was organised. ‘More than half of the families of the victims have signed and basically reached agreements, and the compensation of the remaining victims is also under negotiation’. Liang Jing, an ultramarathon champion and Huang Guanjun, a hearing impaired Paralympian, were amongst the dead reported the BBC.

• The International Testing Agency (ITA) has asserted an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) against Boyanka Minkova Kostova, an Azerbaijani weightlifter, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced. Kostova returned her adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of stanazolol from a 5 April test during the Moscow 2021 European Championships. If confirmed, the ADRV would represent Kostova’s second ADRV. She was sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after reanalysis of a sample given at the London 2012 Olympics returned an AAF for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and stanozolol.

Red Star Belgrade is considering legal action after France’s Parquet National Financier (PNF) dropped an investigation into allegations of match-fixing at an October 2018 match against Paris Saint Germain, reports AFP. France’s football league confirmed that UEFA was investigating PSG’s 6-1 victory in 2018. ‘The case involves people orbiting the Serbian club’, read a statement. An investigation by L’Equipe found that a ‘senior officer’ at the club had placed €5 million on his club losing by five goals. In a 2018 statement, Red Star Belgrade rejected the suggestion that anybody connected to the club was involved ‘with the highest dose of anger and disgust’.

Stefan Keller has formally quit as the Extraordinary Public Prosecutor appointed by Swiss authorities to investigate criminal charges relating to meetings between Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA, and Michael Lauber, the country’s former Federal Prosecutor. Keller had already been removed from the case for exceeding his mandate, but suggested that the decision to remove him was taken so that time limits for prosecution would expire. ‘It would be legally possible to take into account the decision of the Federal Criminal Court by severing the proceedings against Gianni Infantino and transferring them to another special investigator’, he said in a statement. ‘However, the disjunction of the proceedings could in turn be the subject of an appeal, which would again be tried by the Federal Criminal Court as a single instance. The same applies to all other decisions in this procedure, such as those relating to access to documents. In these circumstances, given the current composition of the Federal Criminal Court, the extraordinary Attorney General of the Confederation considers that he is no longer able to carry out his investigations effectively and within a reasonable time.’

• A former gymnastics coach has been charged with child sex offences in Western Australia, reports ABC. It is understood that the 34 year old man is alleged to have carried out the offences during 2019/20. Earlier this month, Human Rights Australia published a set of recommendations designed to stop people who could present a danger to children being appointed to positions where they work with children. An accompanying Report outlined that gymnasts had been subject to emotional and verbal abuse; physical abuse and medical negligence; as well as sexual abuse.

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