News 6th January 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 6 January 2021

Marion Sicot has been sanctioned with a two year ban expiring on 19 July this year for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving erythropoietin (EPO), reports L’Equipe and AFP. The French cyclist has been provisionally suspended since 18 July 2019 due to an adverse analytical finding (AAF) at the June French time trial championships. After initially protesting innocence, she later admitted injecting EPO in order to regain the confidence of team manager Marc Bracke, against whom she filed a sexual harassment complaint alleging that she was sidelined after stopping sending pictures he had requested of her in her underwear. It is understood that the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) took this complaint, which has been confirmed (pending sanctions) by the international cycling union (UCI), into account when deciding to reduce her sanction from four to two years.

Robert Strachan has been sanctioned with a four year ban by World Rowing for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving terbutaline, clenbuterol and exogenous testosterone, announced World Rowing. Strachan returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for all three substances at the World Indoor Rowing Championships in Paris on 7 February last year. He will be ineligible until 19 March 2024. A Scottish Rowing statement expressed disappointment at Strachan’s conduct as did a British Rowing statement, which also pointed out that he is not a British Rowing member, nor was he representing Great Britain.

• Three boxers and four horses have been provisionally suspended after returning adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for prohibited substances, the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS) announced. Boxers Saša Milovac (Саша Миловац), Strahinja Karabegović (Страхиња Карабеговић), and Damjan Grmuša (Дамјан Грмуша) returned an AAF from a 3 October doping control, ADAS announced. Horses Wild West, Gordon’s, Tulip o’Hare, and Oksana returned AAFs in October and November, ADAS announced. The Boxing Association of Serbia and various Serbian equestrian bodies will be responsible for case management.

• The Russian kayak and canoe federation has sanctioned 22 year old Dmitry Khropenko (Дмитрия Хропенко) with a two year ban from 21 May 2020, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) confirmed.

• Ukrainian Olympic Champion Oleg Vernyayev (Олег Верняєв) has been provisionally suspended by the international gymnastics federation (FIG), reports NBC Sports. The FIG refused to comment further on the case.

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