4th May 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 4 May 2020

Veronika Hryshko (Вероніка Гришко), a synchronised swimmer who won Gold in the Highlight Routine at the Gwangju 2019 World Championships, has been sanctioned with a four month ban which ended on 24 April 2020, the international swimming federation (FINA) announced. The Full Decision (PDF below) reveals that FINA accepted the Ukrainian’s explanation. This was that she fell ill on 29 October 2019 and was given a furosemide intravenous infusion. She informed the doctor that she was an elite athlete and certain substances were prohibited, but was told the treatment was essential and would not enhance fitness or improve performance. International Doping Tests and Management (IDTM) Doping Control Officers collected blood and urine samples on 30 October, acting under FINA’s jurisdiction. This was the same date on which Hryshko was discharged from hospital.

• The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics has provisionally one athlete for returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF), and three more athletes for whereabouts failures. Mikel Kiprotich Mutai, who won Gold in the 400m at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, has been charged with an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for norandrosterone. Another Kenyan, Alex Korio Oloitiptip, a pacemaker who helped Eliud Kipchoge to his 1:59:40.2 Marathon in 2018, has been charged with whereabouts failures. Two US runners charged with whereabouts failures, Deejah Stevens and Gabrielle Thomas, have had their cases referred to the AIU’s Disciplinary Tribunal. Thomas’s agent, Paul Doyle, told LetsRun that Thomas disputes her third missed test and plans to appeal.

• The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has reminded those who participate in private tennis exhibition events that they are still subject to its integrity rules. ‘Professional players, officials and support staff who participate in them and who are registered with the ATP, WTA and ITF will continue to be Covered Persons’, read a statement. ‘This means they will still be subject to anti-corruption rules. The TIU has issued guidance to players in this respect.’ The Tennis Point Exhibition Series began in Germany this weekend, despite the ATP, WTA and ITF tours remaining suspended until at least 13 July due to Covid-19.

Emmanuel Clase of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Cleveland Indians has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for boldenone. The suspension was announced by the Officer of the Commissioner of Baseball announced on 1 May.

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