28th December 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 28 December

Alexander Krushelnitskiy (Александр Александрович Крушельницкий) filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) Appeals Division on 25 December, said the Russian curler’s agent in a Facebook post. On 4 December, the CAS Anti-Doping Division sanctioned with a four year ban, after he was disqualified from the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on 22 February due to reporting an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for meldonium. Christmas day was the last possible day that Krushelnitskiy could file an appeal, as the 4 December CAS decision gave him 21 days in which to file an appeal.

• German skier Stefan Luitz has been granted an extension until today in which to either accept a disqualification for use of an oxygen mask, or request a hearing, reports DPA. After an investigation, the International Ski Federation (FIS) had decided to disqualify Luitz’s 2 December victory in the World Cup giant slalom at Beaver Creek, Colorado, for use of the mask. The course started at an altitude of 3,152 metres, and Article 2.12 of the FIS Anti-Doping Rules prohibits use of oxygen masks ahead of races.

• The Serbian Gallop Association has sanctioned Dzanko Bjelak with a fine of RSD100,000 (€845) and has sanctioned his horse, Princeton Boy, with a one month ban from 27 November. The Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS) confirmed that the result at the Agropapuk Cup on 21 October has been cancelled, after Princeton Boy tested positive for furosemide.

• The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has reminded all athletics coaches that new Regulations requiring them to be licensed enter into force on 1 January. RusAF said 1,350 coaches have already been granted licenses and 650 applications are pending and due to the large number of applications, licenses will take at least two weeks to process. The application process requires all coaches to complete an online anti-doping training course. In May this year, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) revoked the accreditation of five Russian race walkers competing as Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANAs), after they were found to have worked with Viktor Chegin, a race walking coach who had been banned for life in 2016. In June, RusAF reminded athletes not to work with banned coaches.

• US weightlifter Ryan Hudson has been sanctioned with an additional four year ban after testing positive for a long term metabolite of dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT). It was Hudson’s second anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), however the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) decided that a reduction in his sanction to four years was appropriate due to the low levels of DHCMT in Hudson’s 14 June 2017 out of competition sample. Hudson had already been sanctioned with a four year ban in December 2016, after testing positive for stanozolol.

• The Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee has sanctionedSeedy Kinteh, former President of the Gambia football association, with a four year ban after finding him guilty of bribery and corruption. Although Kinteh was not named in the Garcia Report, he was alleged to have accepted a US$10,000 bribe in connection to FIFA’s 2011 Presidential election. The Investigatory Chamber of the same Ethics Committee has also provisionally suspendedKeramuudin Karim, President of the Afghanistan football association. After allegations of sexual abuse, Karim and five other senior Afghan football officials were suspended.

• A 48 year old cyclist has received a four year sanction after testing positive for an exogenous anabolic agent. The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced that David Pate would date from 3 October 2018.

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