28th May 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 28 May 2021

Julius Bär will pay US$79.7 million to enter a Deferred Prosecution Agreement to settle a FIFA related investigation by the US Department of Justice (DoJ), the Swiss bank confirmed yesterday. The agreement with the DoJ was originally announced in November last year, but hadn’t been finalised. Swiss authorities found the bank failed to comply with anti-money laundering provisions in relation to transactions involving FIFA. These ‘transactions’ involved the facilitation of bribes between TV marketing executives and FIFA officials to secure the TV rights to tournaments, including the FIFA World Cup.

Aleksey Ivanov, Chairman of the organising committee for the European Track Cycling Championships that were due to be held in Minsk from 23-27 June, has said that their cancellation was not unexpected. “For us, the situation was predictable”, he said in a statement. “Recent events [the cancellation of flights passing through Belarus’s airspace after a flight was diverted in order to facilitate the arrest of a dissident journalist] led to a problematic situation involving the physical ability to arrive in Minsk”. It is understood that the UEC is looking for a new host prior to the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

• The International Tennis Federation (ITF) collected 1,463 anti-doping samples during the first quarter of 2021, less than the 1,935 samples collected during the comparable 2020 period. The ITF said that the reduction was due to Covid-19’s impact on its ability to test players. During the quarter, the ITF sanctioned Adeline Bervoux with a two year ban, and issued three decisions regarding Dayana Yastremska. The ITF also reported 13 ‘whereabouts’ failures during the quarter, eleven of which were Missed Tests, and two of which were Filing Failures.

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