Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has fined the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) €100,000 over three positive doping tests. Following re-analysis, past samples given by Ekaterina Iourieva, Irina Starykh and Alexander Loginov tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO). As reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative, the athletes were suspended earlier in the year, however a 23 November IBU statement confirmed that Iourieva has been banned for 12 years; Starykh for three years and Loginov for two years.
• The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has banned three players for doping offences. On 23 November, it announced a four-year ban would be imposed on Jose-Manuel Roman-Gomez after he tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine on 15 June this year. The ITF accepted Rafael Martinez’s explanation that a 14 June positive test for cannabinoids had been triggered by inadvertently eating a cake containing cannabis, imposing a two-month ban. Ivan Gakhov was banned for one year after failing to enter his information on his whereabouts into the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) by the required deadline date on three separate occasions.
• FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee has donated 48 watches offered by the Brazilian football association (CBF) as gifts to football officials at the 64th FIFA Congress in 2014, to streetfootballworld. On 18 September 2014, the Ethics Committee decided not to open proceedings against officials who had received the watches (pictured), provided they return them – not to the CBF, but to FIFA. Forty-eight of 56 watches were returned to FIFA.
• The International Ski Federation (FIS) has suspended Grigory Rodchenkov, former Director of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, as an FIS Medical Committee member. The FIS is also investigating how the implications of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission report could affect FIS disciplines, and has asked the Russian ski association to comment. FIS doping samples at the Moscow laboratory have been re-located and will be reviewed. In 2010, the FIS fined the Russian ski association half of its annual contribution to the FIS after investigating the ‘large number of doping cases amongst Russian skiers’.
• The suspension of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has not stopped it banning athletes. It yesterday confirmed sanctions had been issued against cyclists Andrey Lukonin and Ivan Lutsenko; dancesport competitior Andrey Gusev and weightlifter Sergey Zhuromskiy. Lukonin and Lutsenko were banned for one year, Gusev was banned for one year and Zhuromskiy was banned for four years.
• The President of the Brazilian football association (CBF), Marco Polo Del Nero, has resigned from the FIFA Executive Committee. ‘Mr. Marco Polo Del Nero requested his departure from the FIFA Executive Committee in representation of CONMEBOL, noting Mr. Fernando Sarney as his replacement, which was approved unanimously’, read a statement from CONMEBOL, the Latin American football confederation. As reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative, Del Nero is being investigated by the Brazilian Senate.
Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Executive Committee (ExCo) unanimously endorsed the recommendation made by the independent...