News 10th July 2015

Today’s sports integrity briefs…

• The Astana Pro Team confirmed on 9 July that ‘independent testing’ of Lars Boom has confirmed that his cortisol levels have returned to normal. Astana was suspended from the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC) on 6 July for allowing Boom to start the Tour de France despite low cortisol levels, which is against its rules. Low cortisol can indicate ill-health, but can also indicate use of corticosteroids, which are banned under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List, unless a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) is held for them.

Sir Crag Reedie, current President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has written a column for The Independent addressing some of the anti-doping questions currently being aired in the media. You can read the column by clicking here.

• A match-fixing trial involving Fenerbahçe Chairman, Aziz Yildirim, has been postponed under 18 September, according to local reports. The charges allege that Yildirim was involved in the fixing of a number of games during the 2010/11 season. Yildirim was convicted and served a year in jail on the charges in 2012, but was released on appeal.

• Suspended CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb was a Director of a Caymans Island company controlled by Jack Warner ten years ago, according to Reuters, which cited documents it had obtained as proof. Reuters allege that the document links Webb to FIFA World Cup television rights deals being investigated by the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

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