29th July 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 29 July 2019

• State gambling operator Svenska Spel has suspended all bets on football matches taking place in Sweden’s 15-team Men’s Division 2 Södra Svealand, after the Swedish football association (SvFF) received reports that 13 matches may have been influenced by betting related manipulation. ‘In many cases, the reports are supported by information from other sources and the majority of the 13 matches include suspicions so concrete that they rank at the top of the scale used by the SvFF to assess the probability that a match has been manipulated’, read an SvFF statement. The Division 2 Södra Svealand is one of six regional divisions comprising 84 teams that makes up Sweden’s Division 2. The SvFF has also written to all licensed operators in the country, asking them to take similar action.

Christina Kollmann-Forstner has been sanctioned with a four year ban for blood doping, the Austrian anti-doping commission (ÖADR) has announced (click here to download statement). The Austrian cyclist was provisionally suspended in May after being implicated in Operation Aderlass, an investigation by Austrian and German police into the customers of Dr. Mark Schmidt. The ÖADR concluded that Kollmann-Forstner had used blood doping from November 2016 until the end of 2018, and had also used two Norditropin growth hormone ‘pens’. Her sanction runs from 28 May 2019 and ends on 28 May 2023, her results have been cancelled and she is obliged to repay any prize money or entry fees received from 1 November 2016.

• Equestrian athlete Mauricio González Calderón has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, the Chilean Olympic committee (COC) announced. 

• Dutch athlete Madiea Ghafoor was arrested on 18 June for attempting to smuggle 50kg of ecstasy and methamphetamine into Germany, reports NOS. It is understood that the drugs were hidden in shoe boxes in her car, and that she has now been charged by the Kleve public prosecutors’ office. The Dutch athletic union said that it had learned about Ghafoor’s situation ‘with dismay’, adding that it hoped to add clarification soon.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has removed the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) Anti-Doping Committee from its list of signatories deemed non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. In a statement, WADA said that the DPRK Anti-Doping Committee had implemented corrective measures in cooperation with the Chinese Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA), with whom it continues to work.

Abu Bakarr Kabba, a football official formerly affiliated to the Sierra Leone Football Association, has been sanctioned with a five year ban for accepting and receiving bribes in relation to the fixing of football matches. The international federation of football associations (FIFA) announced that the sanction followed its investigation into various matches manipulated by Wilson Raj Perumal, a known match fixer. Last week, FIFA sanctioned Mooketsi Kgotlele, former General Secretary of the Botswana Football Association (BFA), with a life ban following its investigations.

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