7th September 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 7 September 2020

• Washington Nationals catcher Tres Barrera has dropped a class action lawsuit disputing the science underlying Major League Baseball’s (MLB) test for metabolites of dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT or Turinabol), reports Law360. The lawsuit was launched after a number of baseball players returned positive tests for the long term metabolites of DHCMT. It is understood that unlike the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), MLB doesn’t operate a Decision Limit for metabolites of DHCMT, which means that any amount of the long term metabolite detected in a sample could result in a positive test.

• Darts player Kyle McKinstry has suggested that financial hardship during Covid-19 pushed him towards match-fixing. “It was a moment of weakness”, he told Darts World. “I’ve got a partner and two young children. I had no money whatsoever and I was desperate. I’m only a human being, I made a mistake.” McKinstry had previously planned to appeal, after being charged by the Darts Regulation Authority (DRA).

• The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) announced it has met a 31 August deadline to provide a draft reinstatement plan to World Athletics. It is understood that the draft plan will be studied by World Athletics, which will advise RusAF of any improvements that need to be made ahead of 30 September, when World Athletics will again consider whether RusAF has met its reinstatement conditions. In July, World Athletics announced that RusAF would remain suspended until 30 September, after it failed to pay half of a US$10 million fine and related costs ($6.3 million) by 1 July. The fine related to a March sanction imposed for falsifying information to assist high jumper Danil Lysenko in a ‘whereabouts’ case. 

• The ESports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has opened an inquiry into exploitation of a ‘spectator bug’, which allows people to spectate on a Counter Strike: Global Offensive game at any point on the map without anybody knowing. In a statement, ESIC outlined that exploitation of the bug may have occurred as far back as 2016. The inquiry follows sanctions issued to three coaches of Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams competing in the ESL Esports League. As well as being a breach of Articles 2.3.3 and/or Article 2.4.4 of the ESIC Code of Conduct, which refers to ‘cheating or attempting to cheat to win a Game or Match’, it would appear that the offences also breach ESL’s Rulebook. Article 6.10.5 prohibits ‘the intentional use of any bugs, glitches, or errors in the game’. 

• The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has warned the international federation of football associations (FIFA) that its failure to give approval for foreign league matches to be held in the US could violate anti-trust legislation, reports AP. A US company, Relevant Sports, sued the US Soccer Federation (USSF) after it failed to give approval for a January 2019 Barcelona vs. Girona La Liga match to be staged in Miami Gardens, Florida. It is understood that FIFA, UEFA and the Spanish football association (RFEF) opposed the proposal.

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