Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• African under-age football teams have suspensions lifted: The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has lifted suspensions on 15 national U17 and U20 teams. The move follows a meeting of the CAF’s Executive Committee in which the decision was made. According to the BBC, the bans were given for ‘breaches of regulations, including no-shows and age-cheating.’ CAF Director of Communications reportedly told BBC Sport that the organisation decided to lift the bans ‘so as not to deprive youths of those country to miss back-to-back competitions’.
• Timor Leste match-fixing accused in court: Two of the four men facing match-fixing charges have appeared in court in Singapore, according to Channel News Asia. Former Timor Leste football player Moises Natalino De Jesus was charged in June with conspiring to offer bribes to players and officials of the Timor Leste football team and association. Meanwhile Timor Leste’s Technical Director, Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes, who was suspended by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), was charged on three counts under the Prevention of Corruption Act for, amongst other things, agreeing to accept bribes. Two others charged with match-fixing offences, Indonesian Nasiruddin and Rajendran Kurusamy pleaded guilty earlier this year and were sentenced to 30 months and 4 years jail respectively. Kurusamy reportedly testified on Wednesday afternoon in the current trial.
• ASADA confirmed two year bans for AFL duo: The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has ‘acknowledged the decision of the Australian Football League (AFL) to impose two-year bans on players, Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas for the presence and use of a prohibited substance.’ In August, the Sports Integrity Initiative reported that both players had accepted two-year bans after testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. The new announcement confirms that the bans are backdated to the date of the positive tests, 10 February 2015, rather than when the results were confirmed, ‘on the basis of timely admissions made by the players’.
• British national arrested at WTA: Local media in Singapore have reported that a British national has been arrested ‘in connection with illegal betting’ during the recent Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Finals. A spokesman for the British High Commission in Singapore has reportedly confirmed the arrest. According to reports, the arrested man may have been involved in courtsiding, a practice in which spectators within venues relay information of incidents during games to people overseas, taking advantage of broadcasting time delays to manipulate betting.