News 29th December 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 29 December 2020

• The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Bundesgericht) has said that it is up to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to assess if Romano Subiotto is eligible to serve as a member of the Panel during its rehearing of Sun Yang’s case, reports the Associated Press. Subiotto’s independence was challenged by lawyers representing the Chinese swimmer, on the basis that he is a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Working Group for Governance Reforms. It is understood that the Bundesgericht upheld the CAS Court Office’s dismissal of the challenge to Subiotto’s independence. One of the arguments advanced by Sun’s legal team is that the CAS was unwilling to find in Sun’s favour, as to do so may invalidate many doping samples collected from athletes. On Christmas Eve, the Bundesgericht set aside an eight year ban imposed on swimmer Sun Yang and ruled that the CAS will have to rehear the case, after lawyers successfully argued that one of the Arbitrators was biased.

• Kenya’s Senate is today debating the Anti-Doping (Amendment) Bill (PDF below or click here), which is designed to strengthen the African country’s anti-doping framework and ensure the independence of anti-doping organisations. Kenya has faced criticism for failing to effectively respond to allegations of doping.

Jasmine Blocker, part of the US 4x400m team which won Gold at the Doha 2019 World Athletics World Championships, has accepted a public warning for failing to obtain a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for spironolactone, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced. The steroid is used to treat a number of medical conditions.

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