News 29 April 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 29 April 2016

• British Cycling have confirmed that an independent review, originally announced following allegations of discriminatory behaviour, will be extended to investigate whether a bicycle dealership illicitly sold British Cycling team kit and bikes. According to The Guardian, Shane Sutton, who was suspended this week over discrimination allegations, lived rent-free in a two-bedroom flat above Will’s Wheels, the dealer in question.


• UEFA have provisionally suspended Liverpool FC player Mamadou Sakho, following a violation of its Anti-Doping Regulations. The European football body announced that disciplinary proceedings have started against the footballer, who will remain suspended for 30 days until a final decision is taken by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body.


• Former ZIFA Executive Committee member Edzai Kasinauyo reportedly appeared at the Harare Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday to face match-fixing charges. Kasinauyo was provisionally expelled by ZIFA last month for allegedly attempting to fix two African Cup of Nations qualifiers. The former ZIFA CEO Henrietta Rushwaya appeared in the same court earlier this week on similar charges. Both were reportedly released on USD $100 bail until 24 May.


• The Australian Government will ban in-play betting on sports following the recommendations of the O’Farrell Review into Illegal Offshore Wagering. In-play betting is banned over the internet in Australia, but a loophole had allowed sites to effectively do just that through a ‘click-to-call’ feature. In response the review, the Government statement said that it considered these features to be ‘breaching the provisions and intent of the Interactive Gambling Act’ and would introduce suitable legislation ‘as soon as possible’.


Michel Platini is today appealing his six-year ban by FIFA, for an alleged illicit payment, at the Court of Arbitration of Sport. Platini, the suspended UEFA President, was interviewed arriving at the hearing in Lausanne, where he was reported to be ‘optimistic’ of the outcome. Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA President has been called by FIFA as a witness in the appeal.


• The International Basketball Foundation, the charitable arm of FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, have announced an extension of their partnership with Genius Sports, a data and technology company. Genius Sports will provide live statistics, data and webcasts which it will distribute to the betting and media markets, as well as using the data to help sports betting regulators in their battle against match fixing.


British Cycling has released a statement confirming that it has ‘been notified by the UCI of a potential anti-doping rule violation against a British rider’. Late last night the The Daily Mail reported that Simon Yates, a former track world champion, had failed an in-competition drugs test last month. A statement issued by Yates’ team confirmed that he had tested positive for Terbutaline, an asthma inhaler which Yates had been given as part of ongoing treatment of his asthma. The Orica-GreenEDGE team said that the team doctor had ‘made an administrative error by failing to apply for the TUE [therapeutic use exemption] required for the use of this treatment.’

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