News 30th April 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 30 April 2020

Maggie Haney has been sanctioned by USA Gymnastics with an eight year ban until 30 April 2028 under Bylaw 10.12, its List of Suspended and Restricted Persons confirms. The former US Olympic and national team coach was suspended after a three person panel found that she had emotionally and verbally abused young athletes, reports the Orange County Register, which obtained a copy of the Ruling. It is understood that the panel found that Haney had violated the USA Gymnastics Code of Ethical Conduct and its Safe Sport Policy, as well as other policies. It is understood ruling is the result of a complaint filed by Laurie Hernandez shortly after the Rio 2016 Olympics, where Haney coached her as part of an Olympic Gold Medal winning team. USA Gymnastics Bylaw 10.12 only confirms that USA Gymnastics has the right to take disciplinary action against people that fall under its jurisdiction. It is understood that Haney intends to appeal.

• Sweden’s gambling regulatory authority (Spelinspektionen) has proposed restricting betting on football to the four highest divisions by amending the country’s 2018 Gaming Act. A document detailing proposed changes to the Act has been submitted to SPER, which represents the country’s gambling operators, as well as to the Swedish sports association (Riksidrottsförbundet) and football association (SvFF). It also proposes preventing operators from offerings bets on friendly or training matches. Sweden’s Gaming Act already prevents operators from offering bets on sport involving U18s. In August last year, the Spelinspektionen fined four bookmakers for offering bets on U17 matches.

Sergiy Stakhovsky (Сергій Стаховський) has told Ukrainian radio that he was offered US$100,000 to lose his 2009 Australian Open first round match against Arnaud Clement, reports El Mundo. The Ukrainian said that he reported the approach to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), however he didn’t identify those involved as the TIU couldn’t guarantee the safety of his family.

• The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has initiated criminal proceedings against former cricketer Shoaib Aktar, after he criticised a three year ban issued to Umar Akmal on Monday. The PCB’s statement said that Taffazul Rizvi, its Legal Advisor who represented the PCB in the Akmal case, had ‘initiated defamation and criminal proceedings’. Akmal was sanctioned for failing to disclose corrupt approaches on two occasions.

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