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Athletics Integrity Unit issues charges against Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare in relation to three disciplinary matters

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07 OCTOBER 2021, MONACO: The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has issued charges against Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare in relation to three separate disciplinary matters.

The athlete has been charged with the presence and use of a prohibited substance following the detection of Human Growth Hormone in a sample collected out-of-competition on 19th July in Slovakia and reported to the AIU on 30th July. This matter was publicly announced on 31st July when Ms Okagbare was provisionally suspended. She had been scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the Toko 2020 women’s 100m that day.

Vienna marathon winner disqualified after shoe soles break rules

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Ethiopian Derara Hurisa won the Vienna marathon over the weekend but was later disqualified when it was found that his shoe sole violated the rules by being 1cm too thick.

Hurisa won the race with a time of 2:09:22 but less than 45 minutes later he was disqualified when it was discovered that his shoe soles were 5cm thick which is 1cm too thick for the rules. Road running shoes cannot have a sole thicker than 4cm and Hurisa was wearing different shoes to the ones he described on his race form.

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.

Salazar permanently banned from track and field due to misconduct

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Alberto Salazar, once the head coach of the Nike Oregon Project, was permanently barred from participating in track and field on Monday by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, an independent non-profit organisation that provides sports with guidelines on how to provide safe environments for athletes and training for coaches and administrators, which cited Salazar for sexual and emotional misconduct.

Unprecedented broadcast coverage and digital innovation to connect fans around the world to the magic of Tokyo 2020

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Whilst spectators may not be able to attend Tokyo 2020 in person, fans around the world and in Japan will be able to experience the thrill of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 thanks to new, innovative technologies. Tokyo 2020 will be broadcast globally to a potential audience of over 5 billion people, with more coverage by broadcast partners than any previous Olympic Games across both linear TV and digital:

  • In Japan, TV coverage of Tokyo 2020 is expected to be around double that of Rio 2016.

  • In the USA, NBCUniversal will air more than 7,000 hours of coverage across TV and digital platforms – a US Olympic record. 

  • Across Europe, Discovery Eurosport will air up to 4,000 hours of live coverage on its TV and digital platforms. This unprecedented level of content will be available in 50 territories.

The IPF and CCES Announce Partnership Agreement for Anti-Doping Services

The IPF and CCES Announce Partnership Agreement for Anti-Doping Services

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is pleased to announce a new agreement with the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF). As part of this new partnership, the CCES will oversee various areas of the IPF’s anti-doping program including its compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, athlete whereabouts program management, global test coordination and results management.

CAS Bulletin 2021/1

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In this Olympic year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has opened two temporary offices in Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (the Games) which have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and have been held this year from 21 July to 8 August 2021.

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.

The CAS Ad Hoc Division rejects the applications filed by the National Olympic Committees of Belgium and the Netherlands: 4 x 400m mixed relay final results unchanged

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Tokyo, 2 August 2021 – The Ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the following matters:

CAS OG 20/10 National Olympic Committee of Belgium (NOC Belgium) v. World Athletics (WA) & United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) & National Olympic Committee of the Dominican Republic (NOC Dominican Republic)

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.  

CAS dismisses the 2nd appeal of Blake Leeper

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal filed on 1 May 2021 by US bilateral transtibial amputee sprinter Blake Leeper against the decision taken by the Mechanical Aids Review panel established by World Athletics (WA) dated 26 April 2021 in which the athlete’s 24 December 2020 application to run at WA-sanctioned events on Running Specific Prostheses (RSPs) that give him an overall standing height of 185.42 cm (6’1”) was denied. The WA panel did so on grounds that the height of the proposed RSPs conferred upon Mr Leeper an “overall competitive advantage over an athlete not using such aid” and were accordingly “not allowed” by Article R6.3.4 of WA’s Technical Rules. Accordingly, the decision rendered by the WA Mechanical Aids Review panel on 26 April 2021 is confirmed by CAS.

DSD Regulations: Caster Semenya's appeal against the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed

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The Swiss Federal Supreme Court dismisses the appeals submitted by the South African athlete Caster Semenya and her athletics federation against the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport on the "Eligibility Regulations for the Female Classification (Athletes with Differences of Sex Development)" (DSD Regulations). The Court of Arbitration for Sport had the right to uphold the conditions of participation issued for female athletes with the genetic variant "46 XY DSD" in order to guarantee fair competition for certain running disciplines in female athletics.

World Athletics v El Mahjoub Dazza

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A decision in the case of World Athletics against El Mahjoub Dazza has been issued by the Disciplinary Tribunal. M. Dazza is a Moroccan athlete, specialised in long distance running, particularly marathons.

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