News 8th August 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 8 August

• The ad-hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in operation at the Rio 2016 Olympics had received 21 cases as of 5 August. An update is available here. The CAS has also published its full decision to partially uphold Yuliya Efimova’s appeal against her exclusion from the Rio 2016 Olympics; as well as the full decision behind last week’s declaration that the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) ban on Russians who have served a doping sanction from competing in Rio is ‘unenforceable’.

• The German anti-doping agency (NADA) has carried out 1,106 doping controls on its 422 Rio 2016 Olympic athletes, as well as taken 1,511 samples. With athletes in sports deemed to be at ‘high risk’, up to 14 doping controls were carried out per athlete. NADA Austria has tested its 71 Rio Olympians 238 times and has taken 355 samples. Athletes in ‘high risk’ sports were tested up to 12 times. The statistics were announced in a joint press release issued today.

Gianni Infantino, President of the international football federation (FIFA) has been cleared of allegations that he violated the FIFA Code of Ethics. The Ethics Committee opened an investigation after a leaked memo accused Infantino of a number of violations regarding use of private jets and expenses. An explanation of the reasoning behind the Ethics Committee’s decision is available in this media release.

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has not removed a 2009 ruling, dismissing Claudia Pechstein’s appeal against a two-year ban from its jurisprudence database, as reported by The Sports Integrity Initiative last week. It is understood that the ruling, available here, was allocated a new IP address due to a redesign of the CAS website. In June, Pechstein said she would appeal to the German Constitutional Court after Germany’s federal court of justice (Bundesgerichtshof) ruled it did not have jurisdiction to hear her case, as the speed skater had voluntarily signed an agreement to arbitrate all disagreements at the CAS. Pechstein was initially banned by the ISU under the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) due to blood readings judged to be ‘abnormal’. For a full discussion of the case, click here.


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