8th September 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 8 September 2020

• Four Olympians are discussing joining a lawsuit against British Gymnastics for failing to act on allegations of abuse, reports ITV. It is understood that over 20 gymnasts are involved in the legal action, which seeks compensation. British Gymnastics argues that it acted on allegations of abuse by commissioning the Whyte Review, which will be overseen by UK Sport and Sport England. British Gymnastics stepped aside from the Review in July after concerns that its participation would threaten its independence. It is understood that the lawsuit will argue that British Gymnastics was aware that abuse was occurring, and should have acted earlier. Affected gymnasts can get involved with the lawsuit by clicking here.

• Kenyan distance runner Philip Cheruiyot Kangogo has been sanctioned with a two year ban for an anti-doping rule violation involving higenamine. ‘The Athlete stated that he did not dope intentionally and suspected that the origin of the Higenamine in the Sample might have been a contaminated supplement’, reads the Full Decision (PDF below), published by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics. ‘On 11, 12, 21 and 22 June and 3 July 2019, the Athlete provided additional details regarding the supplements that he had used prior to the ‘PZU Cracovia Marathon’. On 3, 4 and 8 July 2019, the Athlete also provided the AIU with details regarding herbs that he had consumed on his mother’s advice prior to the ‘PZU Cracovia Marathon’. As he was only aware of the names of the herbs in the Kalenjin dialect, on the request of the AIU, he provided photos of the herbs and later samples of the herbs to Athletics Kenya who had agreed to assist the Athlete to identify the herbs in order to determine whether or not they could be responsible for the presence of Higenamine in the Athlete’s sample. Between July 2019 and June 2020, Athletics Kenya sought to assist the Athlete to identify the herbs that the Athlete had provided, however, they were unable to do so.’

• Two men are facing charges that they attempted to fix tennis matches in 2018, reports NCA Newswire. It is understood that police allege that Harsimrat Singh and Rajesh Kumar transferred money via Western Union to players involved in tennis tournaments outside of Australia. Police allege that Kumar attempted to bet on the matches the pair had fixed, which would have resulted in A$30,800 (€18,700) in winnings.

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