3rd August 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 3 August 2021

• Two Italian cyclists have been provisionally suspended after returning adverse analytical findings (AAFs – or ‘positive tests’) for prohibited substances. Vincenzo Pisani, winner of the Gavia and Mortirolo Gran Fondo, returned an AAF for recombinant erythropoietin (r-EPO) during an out of competition test on 25 June in Bracciano, Italy’s anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. Stefano Colagè, who has participated in eight Giros d’Italia and four Tours de France, returned an AAF for a metabolite of triamcinolone acetonide from a test conducted at the National Amateur Open Road Championships on 13 June.

Blessing Okagbare has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for human growth hormone (HGH), the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics announced. The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) expressed its ‘great disbelief’ in a statement. ‘Blessing has been tested over 12 times (blood and urine) this year and there’s been nothing as such’, it reads. ‘As a federation, we believe there must have been a mistake somewhere. While we await the results of the B sample, we need to state first that she hasn’t been banned but only suspended from the Games, unfortunately.’ Okagbare has yet to comment – she was due to race in the Tokyo 2020 100m semi-finals this weekend.

• United for Navid has reiterated its call for the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to investigate the awarding of a Tokyo 2020 Air Pistol Gold Medal to Javad Foroughi, a former member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). ‘Thank you for your email dates 27 July 2021 regarding our request for an investigation’, read an emailed statement. ‘We recognise that there are many athletes from National Olympic Committees across the globe who are members of their country’s armed forces. However, Javad Foroughi is a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Quds force, which has been designated by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist organisation. It is astonishing that the IOC Ethics Commission has grouped a designated terrorist organisation in the same category as a nation’s armed forces. We maintain our request for an immediate and formal investigation into this matter.’

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