Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Mumbai cricketer Hiken Shah has provided a written reply to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which suspended him for breaching its Anti-Corruption Code by making a corrupt approach to one of his colleagues in July. ‘The Committee considered the request of Mr. Asad Rauf to give him more time to respond to the findings of the Enquiry against him’, read a 5 January BCCI statement. Umpire and former cricketer Rauf (pictured) is under investigation due to allegations that he was involved in the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case. The BCCI will meet again on 18 January to consider both cases.
• The College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia has reportedly begun an investigation into Brandon Spletzer, a naturopath who arranged to supply performance-enhancing drugs to undercover athlete Liam Collins in ‘The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopers’, an Al Jazeera documentary screened on Boxing Day. Major League Baseball (MLB) players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard, also accused of using performance-enhancing drugs in the documentary, have filed lawsuits with the US District Court in Washington against Al Jazeera, Reuters reports.
• A suspended Guatemalan judge, Héctor Trujillo, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he accepted bribes in exchange for media and marketing rights to FIFA World Cup tournaments whilst Secretary General of the Guatemalan football association, Reuters reports. It is understood that a hearing will take place tomorrow at a Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York.
• The British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) Disciplinary Panel will decide on what sanction to impose on the trainers of two horses that tested positive for prohibited substances tomorrow. He’s My Boy (Ireland), trained by James Fanshawe, tested positive for acepromazine after the gelding won the Mead Construction Handicap Stakes on 17 July 2015. Seacon Beg (Ireland), trained by Richard Woollcott, tested positive for triamcinolone acetone after the gelding won the Play the New Scoop6soccer Today Handicap Hurdle on 22 August. Click here for details.