6th September 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 6 September 2019

Madagascar has withdrawn from this Saturday’s friendly game against the South African national team due to security concerns, following xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa. Madagascar was invited to replace Zambia, which previously announced its withdrawal for the same reason (see below). ‘After consulting with various Malagasay institutions, particularly concerning the security of the Madagascar delegation and Malagasay nationals in South Africa, it was found necessary and judicious to decline the invitation’, read a statement (also below). ‘We have noticed that 289 arrests have already been made and we urge the authorities to accelerate further arrests and prosecutions’, read a statement from the South African Football Association (SAFA) condemning the attacks. ‘It is also reported that 5 persons lost their lives in these attacks and we want to convey our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased. We call on all footballers and sportspersons to join hands and unequivocally condemn any violation of the rights of fellow Africans in our country as well as xenophobic attacks.’

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY CALLED OFFPress Statement (For Immediate Release)Football Association of ZambiaFootball…

Posted by Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) on Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Posted by Fédération Malagasy de Football on Thursday, 5 September 2019

Mati Alaver, former Estonian national ski team coach, transferred ownership of land to his daughter on the day prosecutors opened an investigation into his involvement in doping allegations, reports Estonian financial newspaper Äripäev. At the end of July, the Estonian Public Prosecutor’s office confirmed it is still investigating if Alaver persuaded athletes to dope, and whether this constitutes a crime under Estonian law. The Office began investigations in March, after Estonian skiers Karel Tammjärv, Andreas Veerpalu, and Algo Kärp were implicated in Operation Aderlass, a blood doping investigation into the customers of Dr. Mark Schmidt.

• The Council of Europe announced that the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions – also known as the Macolin Convention – entered into force on 1 September. ‘Six countries (Italy, Norway, Portugal, the Republic of Moldova, Switzerland and Ukraine) have ratified it’, read a statement. ‘This treaty is the only legally-binding instrument promoting global co-operation to tackle the manipulation of sports competitions. It has also received firm backing from major sports organisations and partners including FIFA and UEFA. Match-fixing, illegal betting, conflicts of interests and the use of clubs as shell companies are covered by the convention’s wide scope.’

• Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched an investigation into allegations that sponsorship money meant for the development of football in the country has gone missing, reports the BBC. It is understood that the investigation will also examine allegations that US$2.7 million provided through FIFA’s Financial Assistance Programme was misappropriated.

• The WADA Athlete Committee has published the Summary and Outcomes of its meeting in Lima, on 28/29 August. The meeting discussed the third draft of the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights, which is expected to be adopted at the World Conference on Doping in Sport, which takes place in Katowice, Poland, in November.

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