News 24 August 2015

Today’s sports integrity briefs…

• The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) has sanctioned Serbian water polo player Nikola Radjen with  four-year ban after he tested positive for cocaine on 17 February in Madrid. Radjen, who admitted the offence, was provisionally suspended by FINA in July, as reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative. The FINA Doping Panel decision is available here.

• The Madras High Court has issued notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of a petition by India Cements Limited challenging the order of the Justice Lodha Committee suspending it from operating the Chennai Super Kings franchise (pictured) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for two years, due to illegal betting allegations. According to local reports, the appeal has been adjourned until 27 August.

• State prosecutors have raided the offices of the Bolivian football association (FBF) in connection to an ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption, reports EuroNews. FBF President Carlos Chavez and General Secretary Alberto Lozada are suspected of receiving between US$1 million and US$1.7 million in connection with the bribery of senior decision makers at FIFA, as reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative in July. Two further FBF officials were arrested later that month.

• FIFA Presidential candidate Chung Mong-Joon is facing a 15-year ban from football activities due to breaching FIFA’s rules on corruption, reports Die Welt am Sonntag. A spokesperson for Mong-Joon told AFP that the claims represented another attempt by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter to interfere in the election process. Last week, FIFA confirmed it is investigating allegations that a dossier criticising UEFA President Michel Platini was sent from FIFA headquarters to German and Swiss newspapers.

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