8th August 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 8 August 2019

Kelly Lindsey and Khalida Popal, Coach and Program Director of the Afghanistan women’s national team, have sent a letter accusing FIFA of dragging its feet on fully investigating serious allegations that Afghan soccer officials sexually abused players. In June this year, FIFA found Keramuudin Karim, former President of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) and former FIFA Standing Committee member, guilty of having abused his position by sexually abusing various female players, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics. It sanctioned him with a life ban. In June, FIFA included sexual abuse as an offence in its 2019 Code of Ethics. Article 23 of its 2018 Code of Ethics only prohibited ‘sexual harassment’ and didn’t cover sexual abuse.

Brayden Crossley has reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF), Australian Rules Football (AFL) team Gold Coast Suns announced. ‘We have been notified that Brayden Crossley has received notification of an adverse analytical finding from a recent test by ASADA under the Australian Football Anti-Doping Code’, read a statement. ‘Brayden has sought independent legal advice to assist him going forward. The club’s public commentary on this issue is governed by strict protocols, and as such under the Australian Football Anti-Doping Code we are unable to provide any further commentary whilst the process unfolds.’

Linda Dadajeva has been sanctioned with a four year ban for an anti-doping rule violation involving meldonium, the International Floorball Federation announced. It is understood that the Latvian returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) on 13 May, and a sanctioning decision was taken by the Anti-Doping Bureau of Latvia on 2 July. Her sanction will run from 15 May 2019 until 15 May 2023.

• The international ski federation (FIS) has updated its Anti-Doping Rules to clarify that its International Competition Rules (ICR) now present the use of oxygen in competition for all disciplines. The FIS amended its rules after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld an appeal from Stefan Luitz against disqualification due to use of oxygen. The new Rules also contain measures to reduce quota spots for repeated anti-doping rule violations, a measure that was proposed at its November 2018 Council meeting.

• Boxer Lazar Stanojevic (Лазара Станојевића) has been sanctioned with a two year ban from 1 August 2019 for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving furosemide, the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS) announced. 

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