9th July 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 9 July 2018

• The national crime agency (NAKA) has charged 21 people with taking bribes to influence the results of football matches, the Slovakian football association (SFZ) has confirmed. The SFZ said that the 21 are suspected of taking bribes in relation to games taking place in the central Slovak football association (SsFZ) region. It is understood that referees and their assistants were offered bribes of between €200 and €1,000 to secure wins for specific teams. 

• The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has been unable to confirm details of a criminal case that was brought forward due to information provided by triathlete Michael Meacham. ‘Because of the substantial assistance provided that led to the discovery and bringing forward of a criminal offense, Meacham’s one-year period of ineligibility was reduced from four years’, read a 29 June USADA statement.

• The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has announced that powerlifter Victoria Knysh has been sanctioned with a four year ban from 10 April 2018. RUSADA also announced that the Russian Blind Sport Federation has sanctioned Natalia Stepanova with a four year ban from 15 June. Details of the cases were not announced.

ESSA has welcomed the Law Commission’s recommendation to license and regulate sports betting in India. The Law Commission’s full report is available below, as is ESSA’s response.

• The International World Games Association (IWGA) has sanctioned a ten-pin bowler, a rower and a kickboxer have been sanctioned for doping. Click here for details of the cases.

• The French anti-doping agency (AFLD) has sanctioned boxer Tony Yoka with a one year ban for three whereabouts filing failures, reports Le Monde. 

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