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ATHLETICS INTEGRITY UNIT DETAILS ITS COMPREHENSIVE AND ROBUST TESTING PROGRAMME AHEAD OF TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES

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20 JULY 2021, MONACO: The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) today revealed details of its testing programme in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The AIU’s testing programme is highly targeted and intelligence-led and is aimed at the elite Registered Testing Pool that consists of 782 athletes from 77 countries including 315 athletes who are a part of an extended road running pool. The focus is on the quality of testing, developing individual testing plans for each athlete, while also maintaining the volume that is required for a comprehensive programme in a global sport like athletics.

BHA Disciplinary - Brian Ellison - Rule (K)1, fast-tracked

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£1,000 fine - A breach of Rule (K)1 of the Rules of Racing in that a post-race urine sample taken from DEFINITLY RED (IRE) on 29 February 2020 following its run in the William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Premier Chase at Kelso tested positive for triamcinolone acetonide.

WADA statement on German broadcaster ARD documentary

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) notes the contents of the 16 July 2021 documentary by German broadcaster, ARD, which makes a number of statements regarding the possibility of prohibited substances being passed through the skin of athletes via a process of sabotage.

IPC launches Doping Control Guide for Testing Athletes in Para Sport

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has launched the Doping Control Guide for Testing Athletes in Para Sport to assist anti-doping organisations and those working out in the field, collecting samples from Para athletes for anti-doping purposes ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.    

UKAD confirm new Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs

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UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), the national body responsible for fostering UK-wide clean sport, has appointed barrister Nisha Dutt as Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs. Nisha has been with UKAD for two years as Legal Counsel and Head of Case Management.

Football Player Receives Sanction

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Sport Integrity Australia today acknowledges the decision of Football Australia to impose a three-year ban on athlete Evan Tsakos for the presence, use, possession (2 separate violations), and attempted use of prohibited substances.

GLMS MONITORING AND INTELLIGENCE 2021 Q1 REPOR

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GLMS is pleased to share our  2021 Q1 Monitoring & Intelligence Report, in which you will find key facts and figures from GLMS' monitoring and intelligence work over the first 3 months of 2021, in the service of its members and for sport. We have also explained some trends and how we generate green alerts.

AAA Arbitrator Imposes Four-Year Sanction on Weightlifting Athlete James Nelson for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

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USADA announced today that an independent arbitrator from the American Arbitration Association (AAA) has concluded the case of weightlifting athlete James Nelson, of Fort Worth, Texas, and has determined that Nelson should receive a four-year sanction for his anti-doping rule violation. The decision comes after the facts of the case were presented and fully argued at an evidentiary hearing on June 10, 2021.

Salwa Eid Naser (Bahrain) found guilty of an Anti-Doping Role Violation (whereabout failures) by CAS

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Lausanne, 30 June 2021 - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the appeals filed by World Athletics (WA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the decision issued by the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal on 14 October 2020 (the Challenged Decision) in which it was determined that Ms Salwa Eid Naser had not committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) in relation to an alleged filing failure and missed tests between March 2019 and January 2020.

Russian Bodybuilding Federation

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Russian Bodybuilding Federation, following the decision by Disciplinary Anti-Doping Committee RAA RUSADA, rendered the decision that made coach Bykov Sergey ineligible for 8 years for violation of art. 2.6, art. 2.7, art. 2.8 and art. 2.9 of the All-Russian Anti-Doping Rules, the period commencing on March 25, 2021.

UKAD issues Ready for the Games travel guide for athletes

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With Major Games fast approaching, and athletes travelling overseas for events, some of us may be thinking about packing our suitcases and jetting off over the coming months (while following all the rules, of course!). For athletes, this can bring additional considerations with regards to medications and things to watch out for when travelling. UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has put together a five-step guide to help you continue to train and compete clean when overseas, avoiding an accidental ban from sport.

UKAD testing programme modified to continue doping control process during the third national lockdown

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UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has released its quarterly testing report for January to March 2021. During this period, the UK once again stayed at home for its third national COVID-19 lockdown, with further closures impacting competitive sports and testing. Adhering to Government guidelines, UKAD continued to deliver a modified testing programme throughout, temporarily introducing a mobile doping control vehicle and remote sample collection.

WADA statement regarding CAS hearing – WADA v Sun Yang and FINA

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomes the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the case of WADA’s appeal against the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) disciplinary panel decision related to an incident that led to a doping control involving Chinese swimmer Sun Yang not being completed as planned.

World Athletics v Luvo Manyonga

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

On 23 December 2020 the AIU issued Mr Manyonga with a Notice of Charge for committing an Anti-Doping Rule Violation relating to Whereabouts Failures, consisting of one Missed Test and two Filing Failures in a 12-month period.

UKAD confirms new board appointees

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  • Suman Ziaullah (Financial Conduct Authority) and Mark Foster (Rugby Football League) join UKAD board as Non-Executive Directors 
  • UKAD Chair Trevor Pearce re-confirmed in post until 2025

Oliver Dowden MP, Secretary of State for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), has today confirmed two new appointments to the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Board.

The ITA concludes Tokyo 2020 pre-Games anti-doping program, reports 80% implementation rate of testing recommendations

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THE INTERNATIONAL TESTING AGENCY (ITA), LEADING AN INDEPENDENT ANTI-DOPING PROGRAM FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020, CONCLUDES AN EIGHT-MONTH LONG COMPREHENSIVE PRE-GAMES PROGRAM IN THE LEAD-UP TO THE EVENT AND REPORTS A HIGH TESTING IMPLEMENTATION RATE OF 80% ON RECOMMENDATIONS FOR QUALIFIED ATHLETES. THIS PROGRAM IS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN THE ITA, NATIONAL AND REGIONAL ANTI-DOPING ORGANISATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC SUMMER FEDERATIONS AND DEMONSTRATES A GLOBAL MOTIVATION TO ENSURE A LEVEL-PLAYING FIELD IN THE RUN-UP TO THE GAMES. IT CONSTITUTES THE MOST EXTENSIVE ANTI-DOPING PROGRAM EVER IMPLEMENTED AHEAD OF AN EDITION OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES.

The ITA asserts an apparent anti-doping rule violation against Kazakstan wrestler Askhat Dilmukhamedov

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THE INTERNATIONAL TESTING AGENCY (ITA), LEADING AN INDEPENDENT ANTI-DOPING PROGRAM FOR THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) AND THE UNITED WORLD WRESTLING UNION (UWW), ASSERTS AN APPARENT ANTI-DOPING RULE VIOLATION (ADRV) AGAINST KAZAKSTAN WRESTLER ASKHAT DILMUKHAMEDOV. THIS IS THE FIRST APPARENT ADRV RESULTING FROM A TARGETED DOPING CONTROL CARRIED OUT BY THE ITA DURING IOC’S EXTENDED TESTING AUTHORITY IN THE LEAD-UP TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020.

ITIA Quarterly Update

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A brief look at the second quarter of 2021 for the International Tennis Integrity Agency

Independent Panel issues sanctions against two IWF Member Federations following ITA referral

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THE INTERNATIONAL TESTING AGENCY (ITA) CONFIRMS THE IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS BY THE INTERNATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATIONS’ (IWF’S) MEMBER FEDERATION INDEPENDENT SANCTIONING PANEL AGAINST THE VIETNAMESE AND COLOMBIAN WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATIONS UPON REFERRAL BY THE ITA. THE ITA WILL ALSO REFER THE TURKISH WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION BEFORE THE IWF INDEPENDENT SANCTION PANEL FOR MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS.

WORKING GROUP ON THE REVIEW OF WADA GOVERNANCE REFORMS

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A small Working Group of governance experts was established by the WADA Executive Committee at its November 2020 meeting. The composition of this new Working Group on the Review of WADA Governance Reforms includes seven governance experts (two proposed by Governments, two by the Sport Movement, one independent Chair, and two expert athletes (nominated by WADA’s Athlete Committee). One of the athletes (Chelsey Gotell) was added to the Group in March 2021 following the decision of the Executive Committee in November 2020, that the Group could be expanded with an additional athlete, subject to an appropriate athlete expert being put forward by the WADA Athlete Committee. An essential part of the work of this Group will be to consult all stakeholders, including athletes and NADOs, using a wide-ranging consultation process in the same spirit as the one used for past World Anti-Doping Code reviews.

Press Statement on the Positions of Mr Nicolae VLAD and Dr Hasan AKKUS on the IWF Executive Board

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After the publication of the ITA investigation report, Nicolae VLAD (ROU) and Dr Hasan AKKUS (TUR) have both stepped aside from their respective roles on the IWF Executive Board, pending completion of the processes related to the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) that have been asserted against them. In both cases, the ADRVs were asserted following a recent investigation by the International Testing Agency (ITA) that had been mandated by the IWF. Mr. Vlad also resigned from his position as Technical Delegate for Tokyo 2020. Neither will travel to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and their accreditations are being returned.

U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Athlete David Prince Accepts Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

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USADA announced today that David Prince, of Bradenton, Fla., an athlete in the sport of Paralympic track and field, has accepted a 12-month suspension for an anti-doping rule violation.

Prince, 37, tested positive for ostarine (enobosarm), as well as LGD-4033 (ligandrol) and its metabolite di-hydroxy-LGD-4033, as the result of samples collected out of competition on September 27, 2020, October 15, 2020, and November 11, 2020. Ostarine and LGD‐4033 are Non-Specified Substances in the class of Anabolic Agents and are prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policy, and the International Paralympic Committee Anti-Doping Code, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

IWF Acknowledges ITA Investigation Report, And Ready To Take Immediate Action

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Following today’s publication of the report by the International Testing Agency (ITA) into extensive past anti-doping rule violations in weightlifting, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has acknowledged the findings. As noted in the report, the ITA’s investigation and the various investigations that preceded it have enabled the IWF to get to the bottom of past misconduct, ensure the athletes and officials involved are dealt with appropriately and turn the page.

INTERPOL: Integrity in sport - bi-weekly bulletin

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An investigation into possible corruption during the Olympic boxing competition at Rio 2016 is to be led by Professor Richard McLaren, the man who uncovered the full extent of Russian state-sponsored doping. McLaren, who found that more than a thousand Russian athletes in 30 sports had been part of a sophisticated doping programme, has now been tasked with investigating potential judging and refereeing irregularities in Rio by the International Boxing Association (Aiba).

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