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Checking your medication – a guide for athletes

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MEDICATIONS THAT ATHLETES USE, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY ARE PURCHASED OVER THE COUNTER OR RECEIVED WITH A PRESCRIPTION FROM A DOCTOR, MAY CONTAIN SUBSTANCES THAT ARE PROHIBITED IN SPORT. THESE PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES (AND METHODS) ARE LISTED OUT IN A DOCUMENT CALLED THE PROHIBITED LIST. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ATHLETES AND THEIR SUPPORT PERSONNEL UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT SUBSTANCES ARE PERMITTED, IN WHAT DOSAGE AND UNDER WHICH CONDITIONS. REMEMBER, THE PRINCIPLE OF STRICT LIABILITY MEANS THAT ATHLETES ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY INGEST. TO HELP ATHLETES AND ATHLETE SUPPORT PERSONNEL SAFELY NAVIGATE THIS PART OF THE ANTI-DOPING SYSTEM, WE HAVE PREPARED THIS ARTICLE WITH BRIEF EXPLANATIONS OF KEY TERMS, USEFUL TIPS AND RESOURCES.

UCI Statement concerning Marcin Polak

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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the Polish rider Marcin Polak has been notified today of an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for Erythropoietin (EPO)[1] in a sample collected during an out-of-competition doping control conducted on 2 August 2021.

Anti-Doping notification: Russian athlete Vladimir Turbayevskiy

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World Triathlon hereby reports that Russian athlete Vladimir Turbayevskiy has been suspended of competition after the decision of the CAS Anti-Doping Division that finds him guilty of an ADRV pursuant to Article 2.2 of the Anti-Doping rules (ADR) in connection with abnormalities in the haematological module of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) based on abnormalities detected in blood samples collected in June and July 2014 and in August 2020 all of which indicate blood manipulation.

WADA’s Athlete Biological Passport: an important tool for protecting clean sport

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In this latest edition of ‘Spotlight’, which keeps stakeholders up to date on the activities being carried out by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) team and its partners, we look at the  Athlete Biological Passport (ABP), a powerful anti-doping tool that monitors selected biological variables over time to reveal the effects of doping rather than attempting to detect the doping substance or method itself. Previous ‘Spotlight’ features are available on WADA’s website.

World Athletics v Fernanda Martins

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A decision in the case of World Athletics against Fernanda Martins has been issued by the Disciplinary Tribunal.

On 7 July 2021 the AIU issued Ms Martins with a Notice of Charge for committing an Anti-Doping Rule Violation pursuant to Articles 2.1 and 2.2 of the 2021 World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules after testing positive for the Prohibited Substance Enobosarm. 

U.S. Weightlifting Athlete Regina Hancock Accepts Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

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USADA announced today that Regina Hancock, of Omaha, Neb., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has accepted a four-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation.

Hancock, 41, tested positive for 3′-hydroxy-stanozolol, a metabolite of stanozolol, as the result of an in-competition drug test on March 20, 2021 at the USA Masters Weightlifting Championships. Stanozolol is a Non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policy, and the International Weightlifting Federation Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Statement on the Reduction of Mark Dry’s Ban from Sport

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A UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) spokesperson said today: “We note the decision following Mark Dry’s appeal. We are pleased that the independent appeal tribunal unanimously endorsed UKAD’s Issued Decision dated 7 May 2021, which reduces Mr Dry’s ban from four years to 28 months.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Ad Hoc Division registers more new cases

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Tokyo, 2 August 2021 – The Ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered the following new applications:

CAS OG 20/12 Nazar Kovalenko v. World Athletics (WA) & Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU)

The Ukrainian racewalker Nazar Kovalenko filed an application on 1 August 2021 seeking to overturn the AIU’s decision to declare him ineligible to compete in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 due to an alleged failure to meet the requirements of Rule 15 of the WA Anti-Doping Rules (missed out of competition doping tests), and an order that WA, AIU and/or the International Olympic Committee (IOC) take all reasonable measures to facilitate his participation in the 20km Race Walking event at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, scheduled for 5 August 2021. The Panel of arbitrators appointed to decide this dispute will hold a hearing with the parties on 3 August 2021.

No anti-doping rule violations at UEFA EURO 2020

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All 1,616 urine and blood samples collected from players by UEFA, FIFA and participating teams’ national anti-doping organisations between 1 January 2021 and the end of the tournament were negative.

WADA partners with the Japan Anti-Doping Agency to promote the Play True message at the Tokyo Games

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In the lead up to, and during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is partnering with the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) and other stakeholders to deliver a strong anti-doping program and promote the Play True message. As the host National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) of the Tokyo Games, JADA plays an integral role in coordinating the anti-doping program in partnership with the International Olympic Committee, the International Testing Agency (ITA), the International Paralympic Committee the Tokyo Organizing Committee and WADA.

UKAD confirms Emily Robinson as interim Chief Executive

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  • UKAD Director of Strategy and Education to take the reins while search continues for permanent replacement
  • Emily Robinson to replace Nicole Sapstead who leaves UKAD for International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA)
  • Emily Robinson to take up the role at the end of August 2021

RUGBY LEAGUE ATHLETE RECEIVES SANCTION

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Sport Integrity Australia acknowledges the decision of the QRL Anti-Doping Tribunal to sanction athlete Heath Wilson for the presence of a metabolite of a prohibited substance, the use of a prohibited substance, and tampering or attempted tampering with any part of Doping Control.

INTERPOL Integrity in Sport Bi-Weekly Bulletin – 25 May 2021

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INVESTIGATIONS

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Suspicion of a match-fixing around PSG-Red Star Belgrade: the investigation closed

The National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) has closed its preliminary investigation into suspicions of rigging of the Champions League match between Paris-SG and the Red Star of Belgrade in October 2018, said Thursday the lawyer of the Serbian club , confirming information from the Team.

 

COMPETITION MANIPULATION IS A THREAT TO SPORT INTEGRITY: AIU IDENTIFIES MULTIPLE ILLEGITIMATE QUALIFYING PERFORMANCES FOR THE TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES

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21 JULY 2021, MONACO: In the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has received 17 referrals for investigation of suspicious qualifying performances. The referrals were from 16 countries and included 31 athletes and five relay teams. As a result of the AIU’s investigations, eight qualifying performances for the Olympic Games were not recognised by World Athletics and the relevant athletes denied a place at the Games. A number of cases have been identified by the AIU for further investigation to determine if fraudulent conduct was involved.

WADA Foundation Board approves new member of Executive Committee

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board (Board) has formally approved the appointment of the new Americas Sports Council (CADE) President, Mr. Guillermo Herrera Castaño, Minister of Sport of Colombia, as the Americas representative on the Executive Committee (ExCo), effective immediately. Mr. Herrara Castaño replaces Mr. Ernesto Lucena Barrero on the ExCo, who stood down as Colombia’s Minister of Sport and CADE President in June 2021.

The CCES and CHL End Relationship

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(Ottawa, Ontario – August 30, 2021) -- The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that it is no longer the anti-doping service provider for the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).

Result of an Enquiry (K. Lundie) heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Thursday 26 August 2021

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1. On 26 August 2021 the independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) convened to consider whether Mr Kevin Lundie, a licensed professional flat jockey, was in breach of Rule (K)49 (a jockey must ensure that no Banned Substance is present in their body) and/or Rule (L)5.2 (where an approved person requires a person to attend an interview the person must attend the interview at the agreed time and place).

World Athletics v Maria Guadalupe González Romero

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A decision in the case of World Athletics against Maria Guadalupe González Romero has been issued by the Disciplinary Tribunal

On 10 December 2018,  the AIU issued Ms González Romero with a Notice of Charge for committing an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 and 2.2 of the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) after testing positive for the Presence and Use of a Prohibited Substance. Ms González Romero requested the matter be resolved before the Disciplinary Tribunal. A hearing was held on 17 April 2019 and a decision issued on 09 May 2019 (‘the First Decision’). The First Decision imposed a four (4) year period of Ineligibility upon the Athlete commencing on the date of the Award.

U.S. Cycling Athlete Katherine Compton Accepts Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

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USADA announced today that Katherine Compton, of Colorado Springs, Colo., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted a four-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation.

Compton, 42, tested positive for an anabolic agent as the result of an out-of-competition drug test on September 16, 2020. Her urine sample was analyzed using a specialized test, known as Carbon Isotope Ratio testing, that differentiates between anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) naturally produced by the body and prohibited anabolic agents of external origin. Anabolic agents have powerful performance-enhancing capabilities and can give an athlete an unfair advantage over fellow competitors.

Mark Dry v UKAD (Appeal)

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A decision in the case of Mark Dry v UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) (Appeal) has been published by the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP).

Teamwork is the key for WADA’s Independent Observers at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is full of teams. Hundreds of national teams, various squads of players for specific team events, individual athletes and their teams of coaches and entourage and even teams of organizers that are busy behind the scenes ensuring the Games run smoothly. And for the members of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Independent Observer (IO) team, it is every bit as important that they work together as a cohesive unit in order to be effective in monitoring the anti-doping system in place during the Games.

WADA leadership engages Clean Sport partners during Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

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The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) President, Witold Bańka; Vice-President, Yang Yang; and Director General, Olivier Niggli, spent time in Tokyo last week and this week to attend the 2020 Olympic Games; and, have taken advantage of the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a significant number of WADA’s Clean Sport partners.

INTERPOL: Integrity in sport - bi-weekly bulletin - 27 July 2021

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NVESTIGATIONS

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Football: Player scores two own goals to ruin match-fixing plot in Ghana

A player in the Ghana Premier League Hashmin Musah has claimed that he scored two deliberate own goals in a match on Saturday so as to foil an alleged match-fixing plot.

The CCES Completes Testing of Team Canada Prior to Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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(Ottawa, Ontario – July 26, 2021) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has successfully completed its Olympic pre-Games testing program and would like to wish all members of Team Canada good luck at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that the Games are a safe and healthy experience for everyone.  

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