News 8th February 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 8 Feb. 2016

• Denver Broncos star Peyton Manning hired private investigators to find Charlie Sly (pictured), a pharmacist who alleged that Manning was supplied with human growth hormone ordered by his wife, reports the Washington Post. The investigators reportedly visited the homes of the parents of the key witnesses five days before ‘The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopers’ documentary aired on Boxing Day 2015. Sly retracted his statements the day after the documentary aired, in a video which appeared to be scripted.

• Two-time European track cycling champion, Elena Brejniva, has reportedly retired after being banned for four years from 22 June 2015. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) confirmed the ban late last week. It is understood that she tested positive for human growth hormone. Brejniva (alternative spellings: Brezhneva or Brezhniva) took gold in the team sprint at the 2013 and 2014 European Track Cycling Championships.

• Prosecutors in Germany have arrested a Netherlands man in connection to match-fixing charges dating back to 2008, reports Volksrant. It is understood that the man is Daniel van ’t H (known as ‘Danny’), who is suspected of conspiring with known match-fixer ‘Rookie Paul’ to fix three matches involving Hamburg club St. Pauli, then in the 2.Bundesliga.

• A petition to three Australian Senators – Richard Di Natale, John Madigan and Nick Xenophon – arguing that Essendon players were treated unfairly, has attracted almost 3,000 signatures. The petition argues that the 34 Australian (rules) Football League (AFL) players, who were sanctioned with two-year bans following a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appeal, were denied the right to: presumption of innocence; an independent hearing; the right to remain silent; the right to privacy and confidentiality; the right not to be tried twice for the same offence; the right to be dealt with promptly and not subject to unnecessary delays; and the right for an appeal to be heard in an Australian Court. Madigan has already written to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asking him to release documentation relating to the case.

• The International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared Nepal captain Raju Rijal to play in the U19 Cricket World Cup 2016. ‘The ICC has no evidence to suggest that the passport and birth certificate, issued by the Nepalese government/authorities, are not genuine or that the statement provided by the player is false’, read an ICC statement. ‘According to the official documents, Raju Rijal is born on 26 September 1996. Players born on or after 1 September 1996, are eligible to participate in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016. As such, the ICC has no evidence to suggest that the passport and birth certificate, issued by the Nepalese government/authorities, are not genuine or that the statement provided by the player is false.’

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