3rd June 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 3 June 2020

• US pole vault athlete Cole Walsh has revealed that a chocolate bar was the source of his adverse analytical finding (AAF) for cannabis, which resulted in a three month sanction issued by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Monday. ‘I ate a chocolate bar containing Carboxy-THC to help me sleep on a flight and never imagined that there would be enough Carboxy-THC in my system to test positive’, he wrote on Twitter (below).

• Former skier Polina Ermoshina (Полина Ермошина) has said that she saw syringes in the locker room during the Russian junior championships over ten years ago. “Yes, I saw it”, she said during an interview conducted via instagram (below). “Horrible. It is a mystery to me how coaches can go on to do such things. They are responsible for the minors.” Ermoshina said that she had no idea what the syringes were used for.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has confirmed that none of its current national team players are under investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC), following contrary reports in the media. ‘The particular story has been published based on a statement made by the Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Honourable Dullas Alahapperuma, during an event held yesterday (2 June), where Sri Lanka Cricket granted a one-time payment for School Cricket Coaches, who were financially affected by the Covid–19’, read a statement. ‘SLC strongly believes that, what the Honourable Minister actually mentioned was about an investigation launched by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit against 3 former Sri Lanka players and not the current national players’.

• Basketball player Justin McCaw has been sanctioned with a two year ban for an ani-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving cannabis, the Austrian anti-doping rights commission (ÖADR) announced (click here to download). McCaw, who plays for the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions, will be banned until 7 March 2022.

• Indian weightlifter Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham is seeking compensation from the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), after a catalogue of failures in handling an alleged adverse analytical finding (AAF), reports InsideTheGames. Khumukcham was provisionally suspended by the IWF on 13 May 2018, however her suspension was lifted in January 2019. It is understood that her case remains unresolved.

• A number of significant cases are upcoming at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), according to the latest hearing dates announced by the body. Between 8 and 10 June, the CAS will hear Manchester City’s appeal against a two year ban imposed by UEFA for breaches of its Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations; on 16 June it will hear Mauricio Álvarez-Guzman’s appeal against a life ban imposed by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for match-fixing; on 26 June it will hear an appeal from England’s Football Association (FA) which was fined due to its alleged role in Chelsea’s breach of regulations relating to the transfer of minors; on 24 August it will hear Ricardo Teixeira’s appeal against a life ban issued by FIFA; from 2-5 November it will hear the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) appeal against a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decision to declare it non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code for a four year period; and from 8 to 16 November it will hear appeals from Alberto Salazar and Dr. Jeffrey Brown against the US Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) decision to sanction them with four year bans.

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