4th February 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 4 February 2019

Richard McLaren has confirmed that he has been served with a lawsuit seeking C$6 million (€4 million) in compensation by a group of Russian rowers. It is understood that the rowers argue that since they were prohibited from taking part in the Rio 2016 Olympics on the basis of evidence in the Independent Person (IP) Reports produced by McLaren for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and on 1 February the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) found that in 28 of 42 cases that ‘the evidence collected was found to be insufficient to establish that an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) was committed by the athletes concerned’, they are due compensation for money spent on preparation and unfair damage to their reputation. The CAS decision listed above concerned 42 athletes, none of which were rowers.

• The Russian Football Union (RFS) has sanctioned Ivan Yershov (Иван Ершов) with a four year ban, announced the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). Yershov plays for FC Pskov-747, which competes in the third tier of Russian football. In October last year, the RFS announced that Yershov had returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for trimetazidine and meldonium. His sanction will run from 24 September 2018.

• The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has cleared Jon Jones to fight Anthony Smith in UFC 235 on 2 March, voting to grant him a one fight licence, so long as the levels of M3 found in his sample do not increase. M3 is a metabolite generated through use of anabolic steroids. It is understood that the NASC agreed with the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that trace amounts of M3 found in Jones’s sample were residual from a 28 July 2017 adverse analytical finding (AAF) for M3, which resulted in a 15 month sanction. On Christmas Eve, USADA had determined that a second AAF for low levels of M3 was the result of residual amounts from his 2017 AAF. ‘The detection of long-term metabolite isn’t limited to just the DHCMT compound in question’, read a testimony from Dr. Matt Fedoruk, USADA’s Chief Science Officer. ‘The long-term metabolite for other anabolic agents has been one of the factors in increasing the detection window of prohibited steroids in anti-doping. With regards to Mr. Jones’ passport – and it was mentioned at the beginning of the hearing – the importance of longitudinal samples and looking for signs of doping over time as we collect more samples from an athlete, I would like to testify that both Mr. Jones’ steroid passport and his blood passport do not show any signs of doping with anabolic agents.’

• The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has advised that EHPlabs newly-released Oxyshred Limited Edition Rainbow Candy flavour contains higenamine, a prohibited beta-2 agonist. In September, ASADA also advised that Oxyshred Limited Edition Pina Colada also contained higenamine. It is understood that the beta-2 agonist is listed on the supplement label.

• Kenyan police are reportedly investigating allegations made by Cleophas Shimanyula, owner of Home Boyz football club, that coach Paul Nkata and an assistant fixed two games in the SportPesa Premier League. “We thought the poor run was just a normal one but we […] found out that our coach has been placing bets on games”, Shimanyula told AFP. “He has been paying some of our players between 50,000-200,000 shillings (€435-€1,740) to lose games. We understand that Nkata travelled to Uganda on Monday after somebody tipped him that he was being investigated and he was to be arrested by the police.”

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