3rd April 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 3 April 2019

• A B sample taken from Chilliboy Ralepelle has confirmed an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for Zeranol, reports The South African. It is understood that the hooker for the Sharks South African rugby union franchise requested the opening of the B sample, after his A sample reported an AAF for the substance, which is used in some countries as a growth promoter in cattle. Many athletes have reported similar AAFs after eating meat contaminated with clenbuterol.

Gabriel Hamlin has been provisionally suspended after being charged with an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), confirmed Wigan Warriors in a statement. The rugby league club said that Hamlin has returned to his native Australia.

Lance Armstrong was paid US$1.5 million by the South Australian government to race the Tour Down Under during 2009, reports Australia’s Sunday Mail. It is understood that the cyclist was not required to repay the taxpayer money, as the deal did not include a clause requiring repayment if he was convicted of doping. Armstrong confessed to doping in 2013, after being sanctioned with a lifetime by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on 24 August 2012. 

• The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has announced that a basketball player and powerlifter have received sanctions for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs). Powerlifter Sadik Sadıgova (Садыга Садыгова) was sanctioned with a four year ban; and basketball player Roman Balandin (Баландина Романа) was sanctioned with a four year ban. Balandin returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for meldonium, reports TASS. 

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