Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• There have been 149 cases of doping between 1 January and 1 July 2019, 10% of which (15) involved cycling, according to figures released by the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC). Weightlifting reported the highest proportion of doping cases, with 33 cases (22% of the total). The USA reports highest number of doping cases by country during the period concerned (34 cases, 22% of the total). However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that more US athletes are doping. It could mean that doping controls in the US are effective. It is also uncertain how the MPCC compiles its statistics, since it lists 13 cases involving Italian athletes during the six month period. The Sports Integrity Initiative lists 16 Italian doping cases for February alone (11 for January; 11 for March; and eight for April).
• Florian Lienhart has been provisionally suspended from 3 August, after the triathlete returned a positive test for erythropoietin (EPO), the Austrian anti-doping commission (ÖADR) announced (click here to download statement). It is understood that Lienhart returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) during the Austrian State Championships on 25 May.
• The Swedish football association (SvFF) has criticised the country’s gambling regulator (Speinspektionen) for failing to permanently ban betting on the 15-team Men’s Division 2 Södra Svealand, after the SvFF received reports that 13 matches may have been influenced by betting related manipulation. The Speinspektionen argued that under the county’s current gambling law, such a prohibition is impossible, said the SvFF. It is understood that the Speinspektionen is working on amendments to the law to allow such prohibition in the future. “We do not agree with the Speinspektionen’s narrow interpretation of the gambling law”, said SvFF General Secretary Håkan Sjöstrand in a statement. “It must be possible for the authority to make quick decisions in acute situations of this kind”.
• The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) sent a letter to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on 30 July requesting that it speed up the approval process for applications from Russians to compete internationally as Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANAs). It is understood from a TASS news article reposted on RusAF’s official site, that 52 Russian athletes have applied for ANA status to compete at the Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships, but only 20 have been granted ANA status. Applications close on 6 September (16 September on a performance basis).
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