News 5 May 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 5 May 2016

• The United States’ National Football League (NFL) and NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA) have warned its players that eating too much meat while abroad, specifically in China and Mexico, may result in a positive drugs test. The statement warned players that some meat in these countries might be contaminated with clenbuterol, an anabolic agent. Last year Mexico banned its national football team from eating red meat while competing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, to avoid any clenbuterol positives.


• Tennis Australia has announced that it is strengthening its anti-corruption and integrity efforts by creating a new executive position, Head of Integrity and Compliance. The governing body for tennis in Australia announced that Ann West, its incumbent Risk and Compliance manager, would fill the position. In a statement West said that the first thing that she would do is employ two new staff, an experienced investigator and a sports compliance expert. The global watchdog, the Tennis Integrity Unit, was criticised earlier this year for a lack of transparency and failing to do enough to combat corruption.


• China’s Sports Ministry is reportedly being investigated by the country’s ruling Communist Party for not doing enough to combat corruption. The South China Morning Post reported that 17 officials from the Sports Ministry were summoned before the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection ‘to find out if they were following party rules on fighting corruption’. Last year the Chinese government fired Xiao Tan, Deputy Sports Minister, following a corruption investigation.


• An international football player from Guam has been provisionally suspended for 30 days following an adverse analytical finding. The finding came after a doping control test conducted after a FIFA World Cup qualifier in late March between Oman and Guam. Guam’s population is estimated to be just over 160,000, and their current FIFA World Ranking is 162 of 209 countries.


• The Adjudicatory Chamber of FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee opened proceedings yesterday against Jeffrey Webb following a report submitted by its investigatory chamber. Webb, a former FIFA Vice President was provisionally suspended by FIFA after his arrest in Zurich last year at the request of US authorities. Webb, the former regional CONCACAF President, has been under house arrest in the US since pleading guilty to a range of fraud charges connected to the massive FIFA corruption investigation.


• South Korean swimmer Park Tae-Hwan announced at a press conference on Monday that he wanted to be given ‘another chance’ in order to compete at this year’s Rio Olympics. The Olympic gold medallist was banned by FINA for 18 months in 2015 after testing positive for testosterone, but the ban ended on 2 March 2016, making him eligible to take part in the Olympics. However, the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) has rules in force banning athletes from representing South Korea for three years after the expiration of any doping ban. Local media have reported that Tae-Hwan may contest this rule at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). According to Reuters, the former World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Dick Pound told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency that the KOC could ‘find itself in hot water’ with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over Park’s case.

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