30th August 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 30 August 2017

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed appeals filed by Chinese weightlifters Chunhong Liu and Lei Cao against an International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to disqualify their Beijing 2008 gold medals after they returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) from sample retests. The full IOC decision regarding Liu, who took 69kg gold, is available here; and the full IOC decision regarding Cao, who took 75kg gold, is available here. The full CAS decision is available here.

• Italy’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADO Italia) has confirmed that the Italian golf federation (FIGEST) has provisionally suspended Luca Bernardi, after the golfer returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for prednisone. Bernardi tested positive at a competition in Flumignano on 22 July. NADO Italia also confirmed that the Italian powerboat federation (FIM) has provisionally suspended Alfredo Amato, after he tested positive for betamethasone at an event in Naples on 4 August. It also confirmed that the Italian swimming federation (FIN) has provisionally suspended Andrea Cosoli after the diver tested positive for a metabolite of clostebol at the Summer Italian Diving Championships in Cosenza on 30 July.

• It is unlikely that Therese Johaug will appeal her 18-month ban for use of a lip cream that contained prohibited substance clostebol, the cross-country skier’s manager Jørn Ernst told Nettavisen. Johaug’s ban was scaled up by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last week, following an appeal by the International Ski Federation (FIS) to increase the 13 month ban imposed by the Norwegian Olympic Committee (NIF).

• Ethiopia’s Ministry of Youth and Sports confirmed that a pharmacy has been banned from trading for six months, after undercover reporters managed to buy erythropoietin (EPO) without a prescription. The Gishen Pharmacy, located next to the national stadium in Addis Ababa, sold nine vials of EPO to reporters on separate occasions.

• The Serbian Association of Gallop Sport has punished horse trainer Duško Pajic with a RSD100,000 fine (€840) after the horse, Rosenfire, returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for methylprednisolone, reported the Anti-Doping Agency of the Republic of Serbia (AARS). Rosenfire was suspended for one month after testing positive at a 16 July doping control in Belgrade.

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