Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The Russian Ministry of Sport has welcomed the election of Alexander Zubkov as the new President of the Russian bobsleigh federation (BFR). Zubkov, who won two golds at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, was named by Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov as one of many athletes he had ‘helped’ during the Games through the administration of a specially-developed ‘cocktail’ of performance-enhancing drugs. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is investigating allegations from Rodchenkov that the Sochi 2014 anti-doping laboratory was compromised and will produce a report into the allegations by 15 July.
• Outgoing World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Director General, David Howman, has said that Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov may be able to shed light on whether anti-doping laboratories at other major events have also been corrupted. “Rodchenkov was the director of the laboratory for the world athletics championships in 2013, for the world swimming championships, for the Paralympics”, he told The Guardian. “There are other events for which the samples would have been taken and stored”.
• FIFA’s Ethics Committee have told Reuters that they are ‘not in a position to indicate if we have or have not preliminary investigatory proceedings against an individual’ but that there were ‘no formal proceedings going on against Mr. Infantino.’ The statement comes after German newspaper Die Welt reported that FIFA President Gianni Infantino was facing a 90-day provisional suspension while FIFA’s Ethics Committee investigated allegations that he had ordered a recording of a meeting of the FIFA Council be deleted. These allegations were supported by emails published by Welt am Sonntag, the Sunday edition of Die Welt. According to The Times, a FIFA spokeswoman confirmed that the emails had been sent, but said that it was only because the recording was on the wrong computer drive, and that the original recording still exists.
• The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Cricket Committee has decided not to introduce concussion substitutes into first class cricket, despite a proposal from Cricket Australia to do so. Last month The Sports Integrity Initiative reported that both the Australian governing body and Cricket South Africa had planned to introduce concussion substitutes into its domestic competitions but needed ICC approval in order for four day matches to retain their first class status. It remains to be seen whether either governing body will go ahead with their plans despite the ICC’s ruling and risk their domestic cricket losing first class status. Meanwhile more than 100 former England rugby union players are to take part in an RFU study to measure the long-term impact of concussion on brain health
• The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have said that a ban imposed last year on Kuwait was unlikely to be lifted in time for the Rio 2016 Olympics, reports Reuters. An IOC spokesman told the news agency that Kuwait’s athletes would still be able to compete ‘under the Olympic flag’, but that neither the country nor its athletes will be eligible for any IOC funding. Last year Kuwait was suspended for ‘political interference’ after ‘failing to amend its disputed sports legislation’ by a deadline set by the IOC. In March this year The Sports Integrity Initiative reported that ongoing negotiations had failed to reach an agreement.
• The Jamaica Observer has reported that one of the 31 athletes whose doping samples from the Beijing 2008 Olympics returned positive findings is a high-profile Jamaican athlete. The athlete is understood to have been found with the stimulant DMAA (methylhexanamine) in their system. The IOC will not confirm the news until the results of the athletes’ B sample, which were retested on Wednesday, are made official.
• The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has provisionally suspended Turkish boxer Adem Kilicci after it was revealed that he was one of the 23 athletes whose re-tested samples from the London 2012 Olympics returned a positive result. Unlike the retested samples from the Beijing 2008 Olympics, both the A and B samples of these athletes have been tested and returned the same findings, which is sufficient for an adverse analytical finding (AAF). The Turkish Olympics Committee reportedly said that it was ‘extremely disappointed’ by the positive retest.
• A Russian cyclist has also been named as another among the 23 positive tests from the retesting of the London 2012 Olympics. Track cyclist Yekaterina Gnidenko competed in the women’s sprint and keirin at the 2012 Olympics without winning a medal. The International Cycling Union (UCI) lists Gnidenko as having returned an adverse analytical finding for Anabolic Androgenic Steroids. In a statement the UCI said that Gnidenko’s case ‘is the only positive the IOC passed on to us from the Beijing and London batches.’
• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is seeking a host for its World Conference on Doping in Sport in November 2019. For more information, click here.
• The Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Credible (MPCC) has announced its doping figures from 1 January to 31 May 2016. Perhaps unsurprisingly, athletics and Russia lead the way in terms of number of positive tests reported.
• The President of the Spanish football association (RFEF), Ángel María Villar Llona, has been charged with deliberately delaying Presidential elections at the RFEF, reports Inside World Football. Villar is also current interim President at UEFA.
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