30th October 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 30 October 2018

Natalya Ivoninskaya, a Kazakh 100m hurdler that competed at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, has been provisionally suspended following retests of samples by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations said that a retest of a sample given by Ivoninskaya at the London 2012 Olympics had tested positive for DHCMT and stanozolol.

• The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced that Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral, a former team doctor for the US Postal cycling team that included Lance Armstrong, is no longer banned after entering an agreement for a reduced sanction in return for information that assisted with a successful appeal to extend sanctions against three former team officials. Del Moral’s evidence helped extend bans applicable to Johan Bruyneel, Pepe Martí and Dr. Pedro Celaya Lemaza. Del Moral was originally issued with a lifetime ban in 2012, as was Armstrong. Del Moral’s ban has now been reduced to five years (spent). 

• Two former Adidas employees and a sports agent have been found guilty of wire fraud over a plan to pay money to the families of college basketball athletes in exchange for their commitment to National Basketball Association (NBA) teams sponsored by the sportswear company, reports the New York Times. Former Adidas employees James Gatto and Merl Code Jr, plus agent Christian Dawkins, were found guilty after a three-week trial, reports the newspaper.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has revoked the accreditation of the Lisbon Laboratory for non-compliance with its International Standard for Laboratories. WADA said that the Laboratory could appeal its decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

• The Albanian Parliament has adopted an amendment to its legislation that will prohibit all sports betting in the country, including via online gambling sites. A task force will be set up to shut down any online gambling sites operating in the country, reported Reuters. It is understood that the amendment was proposed due to concerns about threats to the integrity of domestic sporting competitions.

• The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), which administers college (University) sport in the US, has established a committee to examine the expansion of sports betting. Current NCAA rules prohibit sports wagering by student-athletes or athletics employees, including coaches and other individuals connected with athletics.

• The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has announced that there were no adverse analytical findings (AAFs) from samples taken from 163 horses at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018. The FEI added that there were also no AAFs from the 92 samples taken from human athletes by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). 

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