News 6 September 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 6 September 2016

José ‘Tin’ Angulo has tested positive for a prohibited substance, Spanish club Granada CF confirmed. ‘CONMEBOL (the South American football confederation) reported last night that as a result of contra analysis, José ‘Tin’ Angulo was confirmed positive for banned substances during the Copa Libertadores on 20 July 2016’, read a statement from the La Liga club. Angulo transferred to Granada CF from Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle in August.

• Cuban discus thrower Yarelys Barrios (pictured) disputes her disqualification from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) found that retests of her sample resulted in a positive test for acetazolamide (diuretic and masking agent). “The only doping I know is the sun I caught on the track and the weights I’ve lifted in my life”, Barrios told AFP. “I remain hopeful it’s a mistake, I’ve always been clean”. Barrios was ordered to return the silver medal she took at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

• A Bonn court has dismissed an appeal from 10 Russian para athletes against the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) decision to suspend the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) from international competition ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The court ruled that ‘the applicants have no claim’ against the IPC to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympics, as nomination for inclusion at the Rio 2016 Paralympics is a matter for the RPC. The Russian state news agency (TASS) reports that another 84 para athletes plan to file appeals at the same court.

• The Australian Football League (AFL) is seeking legal advice over whether to charge Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants player Lachie Whitfield and two club officials over allegations that the player was hidden at an official’s house due to concerns he might fail an anti-doping test. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) confirmed that it had received a report from the AFL, which was now seeking legal opinion.

• The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has denied that pressure is put on Premier League referees to omit incidents from their match reports, after an ex-referee tweeted that he had been told to say he hadn’t seen certain incidents. Mark Halsey, who retired in 2013, tweeted that he had been told to say he hadn’t seen certain incidents.

• The National Football League (NFL) has sanctioned Rob Ninkovich of the New England Patriots with a four-game suspension for ‘violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances’, it said in a statement.

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