8th May 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 8 May 2019

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has appointed Amanda Hudson of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) as Director of Education. Hudson is a member of the WADA Education Committee chaired by Ed Moses, who alleged that the WADA Foundation Board told him to “shut up” at a meeting. WADA denied the allegations. On 26 April, WADA expressed its disappointment with the decision of Moses and Beckie Scott, Chair of its Athlete Committee, not to cooperate with its investigations into allegations of bullying. It is understood that both had concerns over the independence of the investigation. ‘The positions of Director of Education and Chair of the Education Committee are distinct and separate’, wrote a WADA spokesperson in an email. ‘As such, Ms Hudson is not replacing Mr Moses’. Catherine McLean was previously WADA’s Director of Education and Communications, however WADA’s spokesperson clarified that department has been split into two to ‘reflect the importance of both’. Hudson will head the Education Department and McLean will lead the Communications Department.

• The International Cycling Union (UCI) has warned that sport could face a serious issue as a result to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) asking Arbitrators to choose whether to work for the CAS or international sporting federations, reports Inside The Games. It is understood that CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb told the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) General Assembly that the move is designed to avoid the perception of conflicts of interest. UCI President David Lappartient warned that as many CAS Arbitrators work for international federations, sport potentially faced a loss of expertise.

• Golfer Bubba Watson has agreed a partnership with cbdMD, a cannabidiol brand, which will feature on both sides of his visor at PGA Tour events. It is understood that Watson agreed the partnership despite a PGA Tour memo warning about the dangers of inadvertently testing positive due to most cannabinoids, such as THC, being prohibited in sport. Section S8 of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) 2019 Prohibited List clarifies that cannabidiol products are not prohibited in sport.

• San Francisco Giants has announced its is ‘disappointed’ that pitcher Logan Webb has violated the Major League Baseball (MLB) Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, resulting in an 80 game suspension. In a statement, Webb outlined that he had made every effort to discover how the M4 metabolite – a synthetic cannabinoid – had ended up in his sample, but had failed.

• The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has highlighted a Russian State news agency TASS reports that the 2,262 samples retrieved from the Moscow Laboratory will be analysed in the Swiss Laboratory in Lausanne. WADA has not confirmed which Laboratory(s) will be analysing the samples retrieved from the Moscow Laboratory.

• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) strengthened its agreement with the International Testing Agency (ITA) at the SportAccord Convention on Australia’s Gold Coast. The IWF confirmed that the ITA will now manage IWF in-competition testing, management of the IWF Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) programme, result management, and long-term storage and re-analysis of samples. Recently, the International Olympic Association (IOC) announced that it would reinstate weightlifting into the programme for the Paris 2024 Olympics, so long as the IWF appointed the ITA to conduct its testing. Whether this creates the perception that the IOC considers that the IWF has been operating a substandard anti-doping programme is subject to debate.

• Racquetball athlete Janel Tisinger-Ledkins has been sanctioned with a 16 month ban, after testing positive for a metabolite of octopamine due to a dietary supplement, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced. The supplement, which listed a prohibited substance on the label, was added to the High Risk of Supplement 411, USADA’s education resource on supplements.

• University sports athlete Samuel Thomassin has been judged not to be at fault for a positive test for dexamethasone, which is prohibited via intra-muscular injection, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced. The full decision reveals that the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) Panel accepted that the adverse analytical finding (AAF) was due to an injection of the Toradol drug during the match that preceded his test, in order to combat shoulder pain.

Brian Carminati has been sanctioned with a four year ban after reporting a positive test for three substances, announced the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA). The basketball player returned an adverse analytical finding for higenamine, 1,4-Dimethylpentylamine and GW1516 sulfone and GW1516 sulfoxide, both of which are metabolites of GW1516. The development of GW1516 was discontinued in 2007 after it was found to cause cancer in mice.

Issam Taweel has been provisionally suspended after being found guilty of attempting to contrive the outcome of a match, failing to report a corrupt approach and failing to disclose knowledge of the corrupt activity of another party. The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) announced that the Egyptian player will be sanctioned at a later date.

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