4th February 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 4 February 2020

• The Chinese Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) has temporarily suspended testing because of the coronavirus, the International Testing Agency (ITA) has told AFP. A spokesperson for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed the news in a statement to SwimSwam. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics run from 24 July to 9 August.

• The Presidium of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has resigned, handing power to a Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) working group, RusAF and Russia’s Ministry of Sport announced in a joint statement. The Ministry of Sport also announced it had filed a report with World Athletics detailing measures designed to restore RusAF’s membership, after it suspended its State accreditation. This followed a recommendation from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) that World Athletics consider expelling RusAF due to the failure of its officials to cooperate with its investigation into whether documents were forged in order to assist high jumper Danil Lysenko defend himself against a ‘whereabouts failures’ charge.

• Five players of UBSC Graz have now been arrested due to allegations of match-fixing, the Austrian basketball club has confirmed. Two players were reported to the police on 7 January, a day after the club’s game against Flyers Wels, and another three are understood to have been arrested yesterday. ‘As to the reasons why five players took this deceitful path, one can only guess’, read a statement from a journalist published on the club’s internet site. The Austrian Basketball Super League praised the club for immediately reporting the problem, and announced that a manipulation prevention committee has been formed in an attempt to prevent the issue from reoccurring.

• An US$215 offer put forward by USA Gymnastics to settle lawsuits with survivors of sexual abuse has been met with criticism. Rachael Denhollander, one of many women abused by Larry Nassar, wrote that the offer left her ‘beyond disappointed’ on Twitter (below). Lawyers representing the survivors said that the offer, less than half the US$500 million offered by Michigan State University (MSU) to Nassar survivors, told USA Today that the amount was not enough to cover therapy needed by survivors.

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