News 31st December 2015

Sports Integrity Briefs – 31 Dec. 2015

• The Estonian football association (EJL) has disqualified Tallinn C.F. from the Liga II (fourth division), after four of its players returned positive doping tests. The decision means that Tallinn will start the 2016 season in the Liga IV (sixth division). ‘When two or more players of one team returns a positive doping sample, proceedings are issued with regards to the team’, read an EJL statement. ‘In this case, the Disciplinary Commission saw no other option other than disqualifying the team, because the infringement was very serious and there was no prospect for the situation to be resolved in a positive way’. At the same meeting, the EJL also extended a ban imposed on FC Infonet player Albert Taar last year to expire on 30 December 2019.

• The Italian Olympic committee (CONI) will begin to hear the cases of 26 athletes accused of doping offences on 1 February, it announced on 29 December. As reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative, the Office of the Prosecutor of the Italian national anti-doping agency (NADO) recommended a two-year sanction for 26 athletes based on the ‘Olympia’ investigation carried out by the Bolzano prosecutor’s office. It also opened disciplinary proceedings against 65 athletes for the violation of Article 2.3 (refusing or failing to submit to Sample collection or otherwise evading Sample collection) or Article 2.4 (‎whereabouts violation).

Thomas Bach (pictured), President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has said that the current issues sport is facing underline the importance of the IOC’s Agenda 2020. ‘When Olympic Agenda 2020 was adopted one year ago, my message to everyone in the Olympic Movement was: change or be changed’, read Bach’s New Year’s message. ‘One just needs to look at the events over the last 12 months to realise that this message is even more urgent today to safeguard the credibility of sports organisations and to protect clean athletes’.

• Professional cyclist Darren Matthews has been sanctioned for doping by Anti-doping Barbados, according to local reports.

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