Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Jeffrey Webb pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in a US Federal Court on Saturday 18 July, reports Reuters. Webb, FIFA’s Vice-President, was one of nine officials named in the US Department of Justice’s 47-count indictment of individuals in connection to alleged corruption at FIFA, and was extradited to the US last week.
• The National Pro Grid League (NPGL) has contracted the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to conduct its testing for its 2015 season, it announced in a 20 July statement. The NPGL is a professional league in which mixed gender teams compete in contests, such as weightlifting and gymnastics, set on a field of play called The Grid.
• Former professional road cyclist Frank Hoj (pictured) has admitted doping at the start of his career, but has claimed that he stopped after the Festina affair in 1998. “As a professional, I have to admit that I tried to ride using EPO [erythropoietin]”, he told Danish broadcaster TV2.
• A criminal court in Bangkok has found former FIFA Executive Committee member, Worawi Makudi, guilty of forgery during his 2013 re-election as President of the Football Association of Thailand, reports AP. It is understood that he is planning to appeal.
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