News 3 September 2015

Today’s sports integrity briefs…

• The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has said that it cannot confirm reports that Alexander Yargunkin pulled out of the Beijing 2015 World Championships due to a doping investigation. “According to Article 14.3.5 of the All-Russian Anti-Doping Rules, ‘Neither the ADA nor All-Russian Sports Federations, nor any official of either body, shall publicly comment on any pending case (as opposed to general description of process and science) except in response to public comments attributed to the Athlete or other Person against whom an anti-doping rule violation is asserted, or their representatives’”, said a RUSADA spokesperson. “That is why we could not confirm or deny this information”.

• The Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) has confirmed that 11 doping positives have been confirmed at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games as of 26 August. A number of other doping positives, alleged to have taken place in Toronto, have been reported by national federations and Olympic committees. “We would like to inform you hereby that until now, doping cases at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games have been officially informed in the three press releases that were sent to you earlier [17, 20 and 23 July]”, said PASO. “Until now, there is no further official information for the media from PASO.” A table of doping positives confirmed by PASO and other sporting organisations is available here.

• The first meeting of the FIFA 2016 Reform Committee concluded today in Bern. “The Reform Committee discussed a number of areas of importance including overall governance, financial mechanisms and the responsibilities and scope of FIFA’s various bodies”, said François Carrard, its independent Chairman in a statement. “Following a number of consultations with various stakeholders, including FIFA’s commercial partners, I will announce the make-up of an independent advisory board”. The next meeting of the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee is scheduled to be held from 16-18 October in Bern.

• The World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association (WPBSA) is investigating ‘unusual betting patterns’ in connection with a match between Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon and Martin O’Donnell at the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany in April, it confirmed in a statement on its internet site.

• Police are investigating the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) regarding allegations of corruption, reports Reuters. Until recently, CIFA was headed by Jeffrey Webb, who is facing trial in the US in connection to the 47-count indictment against FIFA and other football officials released by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) in May.

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