News 28th July 2015

Today’s sports integrity briefs…

• The Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC) has said that no low cortisol levels have been reported following recent tests on 31 cyclists at the Tour de France. On Friday 24 July, the MPCC performed tests from riders on nine teams that had signed up to the MPCC and on Saturday 25 July, on riders from four MPCC teams. Earlier this month, the MPCC was forced to clarify its cortisol tests, after the Astana team was suspended from the MPCC for allowing Lars Boom to start the Tour de France.

David Howman (pictured) has lamented the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) lack of increased funding by comparing the fortunes of the agency with those of footballer Wayne Rooney. “When I started at Wada, Wayne Rooney was being paid $4m a year by Manchester United,” Howman told the BBC. “He’s now being paid something like $30m. We were getting $20m when he first started, we’re now getting $30m. Sport is saying to us [your money] should be increased but they are not doing it in the same proportion. That is probably not a good way of addressing the issue.”

• The Electronic Sports League (ESL) has partnered with the German anti-doping agency (NADA) to create an anti-performance enhancing drugs policy, it announced on 24 July.

Eduardo de Rose, President of the Pan American Sports Organisation’s (PASO) Medical Commission, has suggested that athletes may be trying out doping methods at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games to see if they can get away with taking performance enhancing drugs at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. “The test of the Olympics is the Pan American Games”, he told Estadão in an interview. “If you have a substance that you think we cannot detect, instead of using it directly at the Olympics, athletes try using it at the Pan American Games, to find out whether or not it can be detected”. A total of 15 athletes – 11 of which have been confirmed by PASO – reported an adverse analytical finding at Toronto 2015, as the Sports Integrity Initiative reported yesterday.

• The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said that it could not confirm whether it is investigating reports that a match between two Kazakhstani players was fixed. ‘The policy of the Unit is to make no public comment on its investigative activities, which means it never confirms, or denies, if it investigating matches, players or tournaments’, said a spokesperson. ‘Confirmation comes by way of a media statement at the conclusion of an investigation and independent disciplinary hearing’.

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