29th January 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 29 January 2018

• The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) confirmed that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has sanctioned Sabrina Kadasheva with a four year ban, after the middle distance runner returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for trimetazidine. It said that sprinter Catherine Vysotsky (Vukolova) had been sanctioned with a warning, after she was able to prove that an AAF for ostarine was due to supplements she was taking.

• Dr. Larry Nassar has been sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual misconduct, reports CNN. A total of 156 victims spoke during the trial of the former USA Gymnastics doctor. He has also been separately sentenced to 60 years in prison under child pornography charges.

• The French Rugby Federation (FFR) has confirmed that its offices have been searched by prosecutors as a result of a referral from the Ministry of Sports. It is understood that prosecutors are investigating allegations that FFR President Bernard Laporte pressurised the FFR Appeals Board into reducing a sanction against Montpellier, due to a prior business relationship between Laporte and the club’s owner.

• The National Basketball Association (NBA) is seeking a 1% return from the total amount wagered if US legislators decide to regulate sports gambling, reports Fox Business. On 24 January, the New York Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee held a hearing to discuss the potential of regulating sports betting in New York State.

• The International Court of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS), the governing body of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), has appointed 27 new Arbitrators and two new Mediators. In 2017, the CAS registered 572 arbitration procedures and 12 mediations, a statement announcing the full list of new appointments revealed.

• The Victorian Commission of Gambling and Liquor Regulation is investigating if Tennis Australia has contravened anti-corruption protocol and whether it has done enough to prevent match fixing, reports the Canberra Times. It is understood that the results of the eight month investigation will be published soon.

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has opened two temporary offices to deal with cases that arise during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. The offices will be open from 30 January until 25 February.

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