News 4th June 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 4 June 2020

• The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has described as ‘untrue and unsubstantiated’ allegations that Kenya is guilty of the sale of prohibited substances, the forgery of documents, the bribery of doping control officers and concealment of the true incidence of doping. The allegations were contained in a Sport Express article, which argued that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has been so busy pursuing Russia, it has neglected to tackle doping issues in the African country. In May last year, The Sports Integrity Initiative reported how pharmacists in the Eldoret/Kapsabet region were understood to be continuing to supply Erythropoietin (EPO) to athletes, seven years after the issue was initially uncovered. There are also questions over documentation, and whether it is genuine (see here, here, and here). There are also questions over the accuracy of previous claims by Athletics Kenya that footage of EPO in bins was stage managed.

• The international cycling union (UCI) has sanctioned two Iranian cyclists with four year bans for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) involving anabolic steroids. Maedeh Nazari and Fatemeh Hadavand returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs) at the 2018 Asian Track Championships, but the UCI only publicised their sanction on Tuesday (see below). Hadavand’s sanction will expire on 17 February 2022; and Nazari’s sanction on 19 February 2022.

• The Liga MX announced it has not received any requests to comply with investigations carried out by Mexico’s Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera (UIF), after reports suggested that the owners of Deportivo Cruz Azul are being investigated for financial irregularities and money laundering. The club was formed by the workers of Cemento Cruz Azul, and it is understood that three Directors of the company – Guillermo Álvarez, his brother Alfredo Álvarez, and Víctor Garcés – are being investigated due to irregularities involving up to 1.2 billion pesos (€49 million). Guillermo Álvarez is President of Deportivo Cruz Azul, and it is understood that some of the money was allegedly laundered using the Liga MX club.

• Three weightlifters have been provisionally suspended after reporting adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for steroids at last year’s 35th Women’s National Weightlifting Championships, India’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA India) has confirmed. Deepika Handa, who won Gold in the 76kg category, returned an AAF for Drostanolone and Metenolone, NADA India’s Director General Naveen Agarwal told Republic TV (video below). Anu, who won Bronze in the 87kg category, returned an AAF for stanozolol; and Pratima Singh, who competed in the 71kg category, returned an AAF for metandienone.

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