News 9th May 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 9 May 2016

Governance
The Adjudicatory Chamber of FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee has banned Sergio Jadue and Luis Bedoya for life from ‘all football-related activities’. Jadue is a former President of the Chilean FA and Bedoya is a former FIFA Executive Committee member and President of the Colombian FA. Both officials had already pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.

 

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has released a ‘set of new practical guidelines’ to all sports club in the country to help with the ‘management and oversight of integrity issues confronting sport’. The new guidelines, contained within a 5-page document, warns especially of the rise of match-fixing in sport. The ASC says that it hopes the report will help in particular board directors, who it notes are mostly volunteers.

 

Match-Fixing
Two Maltese footballers who represented the national U-21 team against Montenegro in a UEFA Championship qualifier in March are reportedly set to be charged with match-fixing. According to The Times of Malta, the police have filed charges against footballers Emanuel Briffa and Kyle Cesare, as well as a former soldier, Ronnie Mackay. In April Maltese police announced that they were investigating the match against Montenegro after another footballer, Seyble Zammit, admitted to match-fixing charges. The former soldier, Mackay, has reportedly already been convicted of attempted theft in a previous incident, as well as being accused of bribing another footballer in September 2012.

 

Former ZIFA (Zimbabwe Football Association) Executive Committee member Edzai Kasinauyo has reportedly had his case challenging a provisional suspension from ZIFA dismissed as ‘not urgent’ on Friday. Kasinauyo appeared at the Harare Magistrate’s Court last month to face match-fixing charges after being expelled by ZIFA in March for allegedly attempting to fix two African Cup of Nations qualifiers. According to The Chonricle, Kasinauyo’s case was ruled not to be urgent after a judge found that there were some ‘internal remedies’ under the ZIFA constitution – including taking the case to FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) – that needed to be exhausted before approaching the courts.

 

New evidence has emerged showing that former South African Test wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile met with illegal Indian bookmakers and discussed the participants involved in a match-fixing scam, reports local South African newspaper The Citizen. In January The Sports Integrity Initiative reported that Tsolekile was one of three players being investigated over allegations of match-fixing in South Africa’s Ram Slam Twenty20 competition. Last week there was widespread media speculation that Cricket South Africa is set to charge at least five more cricketers for match-fixing in the coming days.

 

Doping
Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has called on sport’s sponsors and broadcasters and the ‘wider sports industry’ to commit more money to anti-doping. In an article for The Guardian, Reedie said that WADA was operating with its ‘belts tightened’ and feeling the squeeze evermore despite the ‘expanding amount of work’ they are asked to do. One of Reedie’s recommendations is that, where an organisation sponsors an athlete who has been sanctioned for doping, they should ‘attribute the money it would pay the athlete during that sanction to the anti-doping movement’ instead.

 

Australian race walker Jared Tallent is to receive his gold medal from the London 2012 Olympics in a ceremony in Melbourne next month. Tallent finished the race behind Russian race walker Sergey Kirdyapkin, who was banned for doping by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in 2015 but whose sanction was only backdated to October 2012, meaning he could keep his Olympic gold. However earlier this year the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) based on a ‘selective’ annulment of competitive results, eventually resulting in an annulment of Kirdyapkin’s Olympic result.

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