7th September 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 7 September 2021

USA Gymnastics has provisionally agreed a US$425 million (€358.5 million) settlement with a group representing survivors of abuse by Larry Nassar, reports the New York Times. It is understood that if the agreement is finalised, over 500 athletes impacted by Nassar’s sexual abuse would share in the settlement, but would be precluded from further legal action against USA Gymnastics. The amount is almost double the much-criticised $215 million put forward by USA Gymnastics last year as part of its plan to emerge from bankruptcy. 

Lee Harmon, President of the Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) and  has been sanctioned with a six year ban for breaching the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) Code of Ethics. The OFC announced that he had been sectioned for ‘breach of Articles 13 (General rules of conduct), 15 (Loyalty), 19 (Conflicts of interest), 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits), and 21 (bribery and corruption) for actions he did before 2019’. No further details were released about the case, however the OFC’s statement mentioned that he had also been excluded from the OFC Executive Committee in 2019 after being found guilty of violating FIFA’s Code of Ethics

Marco Polo del Nero, a former President of the Brazilian football confederation (CBF), has had a life ban imposed by FIFA in 2018 and upheld on appeal a year later cut to 20 years, reports the Associated Press. It is understood that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which has yet to publish a Decision, upheld FIFA’s case that Del Nero had received bribes in exchange for awarding media contracts to various football tournaments. However, it judged that 20 years was a more proportionate sanction, given that Del Nero will be 97 when his ban expires in 2038.

• Two Malaysian athletes have reported adverse analytical findings (AAFs – or ‘positive tests’) for prohibited substances, the Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (ADAMAS) has told the Malay Mail. It is understood that neither athlete has requested analysis of their B sample, and the cases will be publicised as soon as the sanctioning process is complete.

• FIFA has named Jill Ellis, former Coach of the US team, to lead a Technical Advisory Group on the future of women’s football. Ellis coached the US national team to two World Cup victories.

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