7th February 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 7 February 2020

• Former Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Roland Schoeman has been sanctioned with a one year ban, after reporting an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for GW501516, the international swimming federation (FINA) has confirmed. The Decision (PDF below) reveals that Schoeman’s ban will end on 17 May under FINA Doping Control Rule 10.11.1, which allows backdating to the date of sample collection if the disciplinary process is delayed through no fault of the athlete. No further details were released. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued a warning about GW501516 – also known by other similar names – in 2013, as the substance was withdrawn from development by Glaxosmithkline after studies found it caused cancer in rodents.

• The Polish curling federation (Polskiego Związku Curlingu) has labelled the World Curling Federation’s (WCF) decision to suspend its membership as ‘incomprehensible’, announcing its intention to appeal. ‘The decision violates Article 2.1.6 of the WCF Constitution, which concerns respecting the autonomy of its members’, read a statement. ‘The Polish curling association intends to appeal the suspension decision. The PZC intends to use international arbitration’. In October last year, an independent website, Curling.pl, outlined 37 alleged failures by the PZC in a ‘List of Shame’.

Benedetta Vittori Venenti, a Masters skier, has been provisionally suspended after reporting an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for furosemide, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has confirmed. It also confirmed that a minor gymnast has ben provisionally suspended after returning an AAF for methylphenidate.

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