5th November 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 5 November 2021

• A Russian middle distance runner and a ‘Koresh’ belt wrestler have been sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced. Anastasia Bragina (Анастасию Брагину) has been sanctioned with a four year ban expiring on 23 July 2025; and Zarif Valitov (Зарифа Валитова) has been sanctioned with a two year ban expiring on 28 September 2023. Both sanctions involved substances or methods that feature on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List.

• The Danish government has voted to introduce an identification card system for offline betting, which it hopes will assist in the fight against match-fixing. “With the playing card, we do away with the opportunity to bet anonymously on, among other things, football matches”, said Morten Bødskov, Denmark’s Minister of Taxation, in a statement. “We are thus putting a stick in the wheel of the criminals who use this type of bet as a means of, for example, laundering money. With the playing card, players must register, no matter how small amounts the amount they bet, and data about their bets is analysed and reported to the authorities if it seems suspicious”.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has given Pakistan until 15 November to respond to reports that its government has formed a rival national anti-doping organisation (NADO) to the Anti-Doping Organisation of Pakistan (ADOP), reports The News. ADOP has been a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code since 2008, and is understood to be the only national anti-doping organisation for Pakistan recognised by WADA. 

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