News 14th July 2015

Today’s sports integrity briefs…

Stephen Dank is considering an appeal to the Australian Football League (AFL) Anti-Doping Tribunal against his lifetime ban, issued on 26 June, reports The Australian. If Dank does decide to appeal through the AFL, this could delay a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), since under Article 13.1.3 of the World Anti-Doping Code, WADA can only appeal to the CAS once domestic appeals have concluded. On 10 June, CAS appointed arbitrators to hear WADA’s case, which argues that sports scientist Dank should have been convicted for more than 10 of the 31 charges against him, which related to allegations of doping against 34 current and former Essendon players.

Team Sky has appointed lawyers to investigate whether computers at its training centre have been hacked to access performance data on Tour de France leader Chris Froome (pictured), for signs of performance enhancing drug use. “We think someone has hacked into our training data and got Chris’ files, so we’ve got some legal guys on the case there”, Team Sky General Manager Dave Brailsford told reporters in a news conference.

• The former President of a Maltese top-flight club told the Sunday Times of Malta that a Chinese betting syndicate and its Maltese intermediary are behind attempts to fix domestic football games. There have recently been a number of allegations that games were fixed during the 2014/15 season.

• FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and General Secretary Jérôme Valcke will take part in a televised press conference after FIFA’s Executive Committee meeting on 20 July at 14:00 CET. FIFA said that a video of the briefing would be available on its internet site for 90 minutes after the briefing.

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