3rd December 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 3 December 2019

• Two female tennis players have been provisionally suspended by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) due to an investigation into potential breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP). Uzbekistani Albina Khabibulina and Kyrgyzstani Ksenia Palkina have been provisionally suspended. Other than announcing the provisional suspensions, the TIU did not provide any details.

• Russian swimmer Ilia Zakharov with an 18 month ban for ‘three missed tests within a 12 month period’, the international federation of swimming federations (FINA) announced. Zakharov’s ban will run from 22 November 2019 until 21 May 2021. The full FINA Doping Panel decision is not available, because the case law section of FINA’s internet site appears to be offline.

• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has proposed that the sanctioning of individuals for doping offences be managed by the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), after US Weightlifting and Global Athlete expressed concern that the IWF was considering allowing its Executive Board the final say on all doping sanctions. ‘I will propose to the IWF Executive Board and fully support cooperating with the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration in Sport’, read an Open Letter from IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan. ‘This would ensure that only independent expert arbitrators adjudicate those cases where hearings are requested by the individuals concerned’.

• The international cycling union (UCI) announced that it has asked the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) to analyse all samples taken during the 2016/17 season, in connection with the Operation Aderlass investigation. Criminal investigations are continuing in Austria and Germany into the customers of Dr. Mark Schmidt, who is alleged to have operated a blood doping network.

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