4 March 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 4 March 2019

• The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has announced that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has refused to grant Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) status to 13 athletes, as they have not been part of a Registered Testing Pool (RTP) for the required period. Under Rule 22.1A of the IAAF’s Eligibility Rules (click here to download), introduced in December 2016, athletes whose national federation has been suspended are ineligible to compete in international competition. A Guidance Note (click here to download) to Rule 22.1A specifies that in order to be granted approval to compete as a neutral athlete, the applicant must have been part of a Registered Testing Pool (RTP) for 12 months prior to the competition in question, except in special circumstances. On 21 February, the IAAF granted 21 Russians status to compete as ANAs.

• Indonesian weightlifter Acchedya Jagaddhita has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for 17β-hydroxymethyl-17α-methyl-18-norandrost-1,4,13-trien-3-one, announced the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). The IWF said that the AAF was consistent with the administration of the prohibited substance Metandienone.

• Peterborough United have sacked Josh Yorwerth, and the club’s statement confirms that he has been issued with a four year ban for evading a doping test. ‘Following the two charges made against Josh (one for evading an anti-doping test and the other for taking cocaine) and the four-year ban issued, the football club wishes to confirm that his contract will be terminated’, read a statement. Yorwerth was charged with evading a doping test in January, and told the FA that he refused to let testers into his house as he had taken cocaine the previous weekend and feared a lengthly ban, reported PA Sport. Under the FA’s Social Drugs Policy Regulations (click here to download), Yorwerth would have faced a three month ban for a first offence, if he had been able to prove that he had taken cocaine outside of competition.

• FIFA has sanctioned four officials for violations of its Code of Ethics. David Chung, former President of the Oceania Football Confederation and a member of the FIFA Council, has been sanctioned with a six year and six month ban for offering and accepting gifts, as well as acting under a conflict of interests. Boniface Mwamelo, former Vice President of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), has been sanctioned with a life ban for accepting bribes. Oden Charles Mbaga, a referee affiliated to the Tanzania Football Federation, was sanctioned with a life ban for accepting bribes. FIFA also sanctioned Sidio Jose Mugadza, an official affiliated to the Mozambican Football Association, with a 15 year ban for accepting bribes. Details of the cases were not specified.

• UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has authorised the extradition of Sanjeev Chawla to India, where he faces charges of match-fixing in cricket dating back to 2000, reports the Economic Times of India. It is understood that Chawla has 14 days in which to appeal the extradition order.

• England’s Football Association is investigating claims that Manchester City made a payment of £200,000 to the agent of Jadon Sancho in 2015, when the footballer was 14 years old, reports the BBC. The allegations were reported by Der Spiegel, and stem from the so called ‘Football Leaks’ documents. It is alleged that Sancho’s agent, Emeka Obasi, was given a fictitious contract to scour Central and South America for talented players, but club documents and emails are understood to reveal the contract was designed as remuneration for the Sancho deal.

Andrei Toader will lose a Gold medal retrospectively won at the 2016 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) U20 World Championships, after it was revealed he had been sanctioned with a four year ban ahead of the event. Toader’s name was included on the list of sanctions published by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the IAAF at the end of February (PDF below). Toader was initially runner up to Konrad Bukowiecki, who lost his Gold and an U20 world record after being sanctioned due to a positive test for higenamine, which he blamed on contaminated supplements.

• South Korean judoka An Ba-ul has been sanctioned with a six month ban for falsifying his community service records, reports Yonhap news agency. It is understood that winners of an Olympic medal or Asian Games Gold are exempted from mandatory military service, but must conduct 544 hours of sports-related community service over 34 months. An had reported 300 hours of community service between November 2016 and July 2018, however it is understood that some of his records showed him as undertaking community service when he was training in Seoul.

• The former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya, has been sanctioned with a two year ban for refusing to cooperate with investigations by its Anti Corruption Unit (ACU), the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced. The full decision (click here to download) reveals that Jayasuriya had untruthfully told the ACU that he only had two phones.

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