News 31 August 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 31 August

• The Swiss Federal Tribunal has ruled that Team Leopard AG must pay cyclist Frank Schleck €2 million in damages for illegally terminating his contract, reports SDA. The Swiss national news agency reported that the Tribunal had upheld an unpublished decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that Team Leopard must compensate Schleck as it had forfeited its right to early termination of his contract. It is understood that Schleck tested positive for diuretic xipamide at the 2012 Tour de France in July 2012, being issued with a backdated ban in January 2013. Team Leopard did not terminate his contract until June 2013, one month before his one-year ban was due to expire.

• Four people connected with Australian harness racing have been given until 2 September to provide submissions as to why their licenses should not be suspended, following an investigation into race fixing by the Sports Integrity Intelligence Unit of Victoria Police. Harness Racing Victoria confirmed that charges have yet to be issued against the four – one of whom is understood to be champion driver Nathan Jack.

Patrick Hickey, former President of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and the European Olympic Committees (EOC) has been released from prison and placed under house arrest, reports the BBC. The OCI welcomed the release of Hickey, as did the EOC. Hickey was arrested in connection to allegations that tickets earmarked for the OCI had ended up in the possession of four men connected to THG Sports, which had marked them up for resale at inflated prices. The OCI has appointed Grant Thornton to carry out an independent review of its handling of ticketing arrangements for Rio 2016. Ireland’s Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has decided to undertake a non-statutory inquiry to be carried out by a retired Judge.

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