News 29th April 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 29 April 2021

• The Norwegian and Danish football federations have both written to the international federation of football associations (FIFA) to ask what action it has taken in order to ensure that Qatar respects human rights and worker rights during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Both letters call on FIFA to address a number of issues freedom of the press to report critically; guarantee basic rights to service sector workers; women’s rights; Qatar’s laws on homosexuality; the rights and safety of workers; and more. Click here to read the NFF’s letter, and click here to read the DBU’s letter.

• A weightlifter, ice hockey player, and a Sambo athlete have been sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced. Weightlifter Maria Vinogradova (Марию Виноградову) was sanctioned with a two year ban; and Mikhail Klimchuk (Михаила Климчука) was also sanctioned with a two year ban. Klimchuk plays for Russian club PSK Sakhalin, which competes in the Asia League Ice Hockey (ALIH). Sambo athlete Artur Poleyan (Артура Полеяна) was sanctioned with a four year ban from 19 October 2020. He will keep the Gold medal won in the +98kg category at the 2020 Russian Sambo Cup, which was held in Kstovo from 2-4 October.

Žarko Ćulum, a Serbian Judoka, has been sanctioned with a three month ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a prohibited substance during a State championship on 13 March, the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS) announced. Ćulum won a Gold medal in the +100kg category at the 2018 Mediterranean Games.

• The Italian football federation (FIGC) has approved an ‘Anti-Superlega’ rule that will ban any club that agrees to participate in competitions approved by FIFA and UEFA from Italy’s football leagues. ‘For the purposes of registration for the championship, the club agrees not to participate in competitions organised by private associations not recognised by FIFA, UEFA and the FIGC’, reads the new rule. ‘Participation in competitions organised by private associations not recognised by FIFA, UEFA, and the FIGC will result in forfeiture of affiliation. The contesting of friendly matches and tournaments not recognised by the FIGC is subject to authorisation by the federation.’

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