27th September 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 27 September 2019

• Austrian triathlete Emanuel Marcel Moser has been sanctioned with an eight year ban. ‘Taking into account the evidence presented and the findings of the criminal police in connection with Operation Aderlass, the ÖADR found that Emanuel Marcel Moser was guilty of violating anti-doping rules’, read a statement from Austria’s anti-doping legal commission (ÖADR – click here to download). ‘This is because the defendant had his own blood samples and preparations made from the end of summer / early autumn 2014, and in an indefinite period between 2015 and 2018 he acquired and applied an unspecified amount of TB1000 (Thymosin Beta-4). In connection to other athletes prosecuted separately, the accused […] provided and distributed a large number of growth hormones from 2015 onwards, and in several cases organised blood collection for those athletes from 2015 until the end of 2018’. Moser was provisionally suspended in July.

• Innsbruck prosecutors have charged Stefan Denifl with sporting fraud, reports Kurier. The cyclist was sanctioned with a four year ban by Austria’s anti-doping legal commission (ÖADR) in July, after he confessed to blood doping after being implicated in the Operation Aderlass investigations into the customers of Dr. Mark Schmidt, who previously worked for the Gerolsteiner and Milram teams. Prosecutors last week charged Georg Preidler with the same offence, and it is understood that Johannes Dürr, whose interview with journalists prompted investigations into Dr. Schmidt, has been sanctioned with a life ban. Preidler is understood to be contesting his charge, and Dürr is understood to be contesting his ban.

• Australian swimmer Shayna Jack has been told that it is likely that her case will not be heard until almost a year after she was provisionally suspended. Jack blamed supplements after returning an adverse analytical finding for Lingradol (LGD-4033), which led to her 12 July suspension by Swimming Australia and by the International Swimming League (ISL) on 30 July. ‘I have not yet received the letter of infraction and have been told that I won’t for up to another 10 weeks, and to make things harder I’ve been informed that I could be waiting another 9 months from now till I get a finalised hearing’, wrote Jack on Instagram (below). 

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Hi everyone, I know you haven’t heard from me in some time but I have been taking time to ensure my mental health is properly supported and managed, as this whole process has been a test on its strength. I’d like to thank the people who have, from day one, been by my side and supported me without a doubt. Although he can’t talk I am so grateful my boy Hugo entered my life during this time to give me unconditional love and cuddles when I couldn’t stop crying. I have found that I am struggling most with accepting the current situation, how much it has not only impacted my swimming career but my everyday life. Additionally, how long the process will be before I get any final information. I have not yet received the letter of infraction and have been told that I won’t for up to another 10 weeks and to make things harder I’ve been informed that I could be waiting another 9 months from now till I get a finalised hearing. My team are doing everything they can to fast track this process but it’s so hard when we aren’t in control of how and when things happen. I made a promise to myself that I would never stop fighting for my dream as an Australian Dolphin or my character as I know I have, nor will I ever take a drug of any kind intentionally.

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Thirty of 190 national athletics federations voted against continuing the suspension of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) at the Congress of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and 17 abstained from voting, RusAF has announced. Those that voted against continuing the suspension were Algeria, Aruba, Bangladesh, Gambia, Egypt, Zambia, Jordan, Cameroon, Kyrgyzstan, the Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Libya, Macau, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Nauru, Nicaragua, Niger, Palestine, Samoa, Santa Lucia, Northern Macedonia, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Croatia, Equatorial Guinea and South Sudan. RusAF said that this represented an improvement from 2017, when 21 of 187 national federations voted against continuing its suspension.

• The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has refused permission for Michael Kibet and Daniel Simiyu to represent Kenya at the Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships, reports Reuters. It is understood that the two 5,000m runners, who finished first and second in the Kenyan trials, have not undergone enough doping tests.

• Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has announced that sanctions have been applied to a number of athletes. Paralympic skier Alessio Sarri has been sanctioned with a one year ban; professional cyclist Cristian Rocchetta has been sanctioned with a five month ban; and middle distance runner Lucia Pansardi has been sanctioned with a reprimand.

• The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has provisionally suspended Bahraini athlete Albert Rop for whereabouts failures; and has charged Tajikistan’s Dilshod Nazarov with an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of oral turinabol, following retests of samples taken at the Daegu 2011 IAAF World Championships. Details are listed on the AIU’s provisional suspensions page. Nazarov has won a number of Gold Medals in the hammer throw, including at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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