5th July 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 5 July 2016

Anna Chicherova, who took high jump gold at the London 2012 Olympics, has been suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after her Beijing 2008 Olympics sample returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) in retests undertaken by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). “A letter has just come”, Chicherova (pictured) told Russian state news agency, Tass. “The IAAF has suspended me – starting today – frFINAtestsom all competitions from the time of the probe into the matter”. Last month, she said that re-testing of her London 2012 B sample had returned a negative result.

• The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) has conducted 1,817 out-of-competition tests between January until June 2016, at a cost of US$1.49 million (€1.34 million), or $820 ($735) per test. The tests were conducted on ‘the first 10 athletes of each swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games’, FINA announced, ‘but also in diving, synchronised swimming, open water and water polo’. The tests were conducted in coordination with National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs), and in addition to WADA and IOC tests. Click here for a breakdown of the tests.

• The Union Cycliste Internationle (UCI) has provisionally suspended Russian road cyclist Tatiana Antoshina, after she returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for GHRP-2 from a 31 May test. In a statement, the Astana Women’s Team said that it had already decided to terminate Antoshina’s contract ahead of the positive test.

• There are just 12 countries that have yet to ratify the UNESCO Convention on Doping in Sport, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) revealed in a statement. They are: Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Laos, Lebanon, Timor Leste, Yemen and Niue.

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