31st December 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 31 December 2018

• Shashi Tharoor, MP for Thiruvananthapuram, capital of the Indian State of Kerala, has introduced a private members’ Bill that would criminalise sporting fraud and regulate online sports betting. It is understood that Tharoor plans to present his Sports (Online Gaming and Prevention of Fraud) Bill, 2018, before the Lok Sabha, the lower House of the Indian Parliament for India, as soon as possible. The Bill is one of four tabled by Tharoor.

• The Executive Committee of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has voted to accept a donation of US$10 million from Vladimir Lisin, its President, to establish a Development Fund. Lisin is a Russian steel businessman who is the majority shareholder in Novolipetsk (NLMK), one of Russia’s largest steel companies. In November 2018, Lisin was elected to replace Olegario Vázquez Raña, who had been ISSF President since 1980. Alexander Ratner, former President of the Russian Baseball Federation, was also appointed as ISSF Secretary General alongside Lisin. Ratner was a member of the Organising Committee for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games and worked alongside Juan Antonio Samaranch, former President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for 25 years. Lisin and Ratner have been President and Secretary General of the European Shooting Confederation for the past five years.

• The international football players’ union, FIFPro, and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) have condemned racist abuse directed towards Napoli player Kalidou Koulibaly during the Serie A club’s 1-0 loss at Inter Milan on 26 December. ‘Both organisations applaud the prompt actions taken by Italy’s football authorities, who sanctioned FC Internazionale with the next two matches to be played behind closed doors and, additionally, with a partial closure for FC Internazionale’s third home match’, read a statement. ‘However, FIFPro and UEFA are very concerned by this unacceptable racist incident and by what appears on the surface to be a failure to respect the widely-recognised three-step anti-racism protocol’. Gabriele Gravina, President of the Italian football association (FIGC), said that at the next meeting of the FIGC Federal Council, he would propose changing the rules regarding suspensions for racial abuse in order to make them easier to apply.

China is considering criminalising doping, reports Xinhua. Gou Zhongwen, Director of China’s General Administration of Sport, said that those guilty of doping will face criminal punishment at a national sports meeting on 28 December, reported the news agency.

• Spain’s Directorate General for the Organisation of Gambling (DGOJ) has confirmed that a public consultation on new legislation designed to combat the manipulation of sports competitions and sporting fraud has been launched. The Ministry of Finance has launched a portal designed to explain the proposed new rules.

• The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has confirmed that Yousaf Anwar, Mohammed Iljaz and Nasir Jamshed have been formally charged with bribery offences as part of its investigation into spot fixing in cricket matches involving Pakistan and Bangladesh. The three are due to appear at Manchester Magistrates Court on 15 January. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sanctioned Jamshed with a ten year ban in August this year.

Arturo Sanhueza has been sanctioned with a three month ban, after a doping tribunal accepted that the CD Cobreloa player’s adverse analytical finding (AAF) for methylhexanamine was due to a contaminated supplement. ‘We welcome the decision, especially since the National Anti-Doping Commission had requested a four year ban for the player’, read a statement from the Chilean players’ association (SIFUP). 

• Ugandan club Express FC has described reports suggesting that it has dismissed its goalkeeper for match-fixing as ‘fake news. Express FC confirmed that its goalkeeper remains an active member of the football club.

• The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has sanctioned two US athletes after their horses tested positive for ractopamine. The two athletes were able to prove that the adverse analytical findings (AAFs) were due to contaminated supplements. Both athletes were initially suspended for three months, and their horses for two months. On appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the suspensions imposed on the horses were lifted.

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