31st January 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 31 January 2019

• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has sanctioned Boško Miljuš, a nine-time Serbian champion, with a four year ban after he returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for LGD 4033, the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS) announced. Miljuš won Gold in the 69kg category at the 11th International Tournament ‘Vladan Mihajlovic’ on 19 May last year. His AAF was the result of an out of competition test on 6 July, and his period of ineligibility will run from 13 August.

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has terminated a case against Japanese speed skater Kei Saito, who tested positive for acetazolamide, a diuretic and masking agent, at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. An announcement (PDF below) reveals a 19 January settlement agreement between Saito and the International Skating Union (ISU), which had sought a two year ban. It also reveals that the CAS viewed Saito’s AAF as a ‘threshold matter’.

• Ecuadorian weightlifter Julian Javier Rivera Barros, who won Bronze in the 2017 Pan American Junior Championships, has returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for boldenone, announced the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). The athlete has been provisionally suspended until his case is heard.

• Brazilian judoka Jéssica Pereira has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for furosemide, reports Estadao. It is understood that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopeful will argue that her use of the prohibited diuretic was unintentional.

• The Ad-Hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA) yesterday voted to recommend Poland’s Minister for Sport, Witold Bańka, as its candidate to become the next President of WADA. Bańka received 28 votes; current WADA Vice President Linda Helleland received 16 votes; and Philippe Muyters of Belgium received five votes, a statement from the Polish Ministry of Sport and Tourism revealed. The full Council of Europe will vote on the candidate it will put forward at its 27 February meeting. WADA is 50% funded by the sporting movement and 50% funded by governments, and its Presidency alternates between the two. As Sir Craig Reedie is a representative of the sporting movement, WADA’s next President must be a government representative.

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