29th November 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 29 November 2018

• The Latvian Athletics Union (LVS) has confirmed that Ineta Radēviča has stepped aside as President, after a sample given at the London 2012 Olympics was rested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and resulted in an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for oxandrolone. The AAF was confirmed by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in its list of provisional suspensions. ‘Although I have not deliberately used prohibited substances, I understand that this does not relieve me of responsibility for what has happened, so I am now doing my best to cooperate with professionals and all involved parties’, said Radēviča in a statement posted on Instagram (below). ‘The fact that the new analytical findings relate to events that took place so many years ago makes it harder for defendants, since not all treatment and medication documents from that time have survived’.

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Five athletes falling under the jurisdiction of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) have returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs), reports the New Indian Express. It is understood that some of the athletes have asked for their B samples to be analysed. The athletes named in the report were not part of the latest list of athletes subject to a provisional suspension, announced by India’s national anti-doping organisation (NADA India) yesterday (see below).

• The Korean Football Association (KFA) has sanctioned former international Jang Hak-yong with a lifetime ban, after he was sentenced to ten months in jail for a match-fixing attempt following information provided to the K-League by a whistleblower. In October, the K-League announced it would provide a KRW70 million (€53,600) reward to Lee Han-Saem of Asan Mugunghwa FC for reporting Jang’s attempt to bribe him to receive a red card during the first 20 minutes of the club’s K-League 2 game against Busan IPark on 22 September. 

• Real Madrid has denied that Sergio Ramos broke anti-doping rules, after Der Spiegel reported that he returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) at the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff. ‘Sergio Ramos has never breached anti-doping regulations’, read a statement. ‘UEFA requested specific information and immediately closed the case referred to, as is customary in such instances, following tests carried out by experts from the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) and UEFA itself’. It is understood that the club’s doctor had accidentally written ‘betamethasone’ rather than ‘dexamethasone’ on Ramos’s Doping Control Form (DCF). Both corticosteroids are prohibited in-competition only, ‘when administered by oral, intravenous, intramuscular or rectal routes’, under Section S9 of WADA’s Prohibited List. In football, administration of both substances is permitted prior to matches if they are declared on the DCF.

• A hearing into Dickson Etuhu’s alleged involvement in match-fixing began today in the District Court of Stockholm. Etuhu, a former AIK Stockholm player, is accused of attempting to fix a 2017 match between AIK and and IFK Gothenburg, which was suspended after a player reported that he had been offered a large sum of money. Dickson today denied the charges, reports Expressen. 

• New Zealand Police have filed charges against a new person in relation to Operation Inca, an investigation into race fixing in the harness racing industry, reports The Informant. A further 12 charges have also reportedly been filed against the defendants already implicated in the case (13 charges in total). It is understood that 12 people have now been charged by Police in relation to information supplied by New Zealand’s Racing Integrity Unit (RIU).

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published four Technical Documents, which WADA-accredited Laboratories will be required to implement by 1 March next year. The documents are: TD2019DL – Decision Limits for the Confirmatory Quantification of Threshold Substances; TD2019CG/LH – Reporting and Management of Urinary human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH) Findings in Male Athletes; TD2019IRMS – Detection of Synthetic Forms of Endogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids by GC/C/IRMS; and TD2019NA – Harmonization of Analysis and Reporting of 19-Norsteroids Related to Nandrolone. 

• The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has sanctioned Italian former player Potito Starace with a 10 year ban and a US$100,000 fine after he was found guilty of match-fixing offences. Starace was found guilty of match-fixing offences relating to the ATP 500 World Tour tournament played in Barcelona, Spain in April 2011. He was also found to have facilitated betting relating to a match played in the tournament.

• The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that it expects over 350 athlete representatives to attend its International Athletes Forum, 13-15 April 2019, after invites were sent to all 206 National Olympic Committee Athlete Commissions. Other participants invited include the athletes’ commissions of all the Olympic Summer and Winter International Sports Federations, the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees, the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Olympians Association (WOA).

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