Sport Integrity Australia first opened its doors on 1 July 2020 at a time when the sporting landscape in Australia was unlike anything we’ve ever seen: COVID-19 was impacting sporting competitions and, indeed, their very survival was in doubt. This, coupled with growing global unrest around the treatment of athletes, presented challenges beyond comprehension. Here we look at how Sport Integrity Australia responded, and some key milestones for our first 12 months.
The Rugby Football League is today celebrating the impact of the Tackling Inequalities Fund, which it was awarded to support communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic and reduce the widening inequalities in sport and physical activity.
Teams allowed to make unlimited squad changes before their first match in case of serious injury or illness, while matches will go ahead as long as a team is able to field a squad of 13, including one goalkeeper
The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today transition rules and critical dates for the 2021-22 season.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held an Executive Board (EB) meeting today, in the presence of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Beijing 2022 informed the EB of the principles that will help deliver safe and successful Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as scheduled.
With confirmation from Derby County Football Club that they have filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators, the EFL can tonight confirm that the Club will be subject to an insolvency event under the terms of the EFL’s Regulations.
- ExCo also approves enhanced compliance requirements starting in 2022
- 2022 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods adopted
- Review of cannabis status on the Prohibited List to be initiated while remaining prohibited in 2022
- Working Group on Governance Reforms submits second interim report as progress continues to be made
CAF has postponed today’s Total Energies Champions League fixture between KMKM SC and Al Ittihad.
This is because of challenges faced by Al Ittihad while traveling to Zanzibar to participate in the fixture resulting in them arriving in the early hours of matchday.
The New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation has withdrawn its men’s U20 and women’s U18 national teams from the events the teams were previously entered. The other teams for the events in spring will remain entered with no decision taken yet.
Furthermore Iran has withdrawn from participating in the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division III Group B. The men’s national team at the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division IV remains entered for a first-time participation.
A TOTAL OF 6’200 COLLECTED SAMPLES FROM OVER 5’000 DOPING CONTROLS, MORE THAN ONE THIRD OF THE ATHLETE POPULATION IN TOKYO TESTED AT LEAST ONCE – THESE ARE THE FINAL FIGURES OF ITA’S ANTI-DOPING PROGRAM FOR TOKYO 2020. SIX ANTI-DOPING RULE VIOLATIONS WERE ASSERTED TO THIS MOMENT AS THE OUTCOME OF ITA’S TESTING PROGRAM. THE VAST MAJORITY OF DOPING CONTROLS WERE TARGETED AND FOLLOWED A QUALITY APPROACH BASED ON AN EXTENSIVE RISK ASSESSMENT, PERFORMANCE, AND AVAILABLE INTELLIGENCE. THE LAST PHASE OF ITA’S COMPREHENSIVE ANTI-DOPING PROGRAM FOR TOKYO 2020 IS THE STORAGE AND LATER RE-ANALYSIS OF SAMPLES COLLECTED DURING AND IN THE LEAD-UP TO THE GAMES.
Ban on away fans attending UEFA competition matches not extended; decision remains subject to any requirements imposed by the relevant national/local authorities
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has today confirmed the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar as the neutral venue for the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar™ Group B match between Australia and China PR on September 2, 2021, as well as the Group A tie between Iraq and Islamic Republic of Iran scheduled for September 7.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today have confirmed that Turkey have withdrawn from the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier supported by Dream 11 as the necessary approval and travel documentation required due to COVID-19 restrictions for the team was not able to be secured from the Turkish Sports Ministry.
EFL Clubs have today taken the collective decision not to release players for international matches that are to be played in countries on the UK Government’s ‘red list’ next month.
The CAF Disciplinary Board met this week to deliberate on a number of matters.
Below is the summary from the Disciplinary Committee:
Rochdale AFC will receive a bye into this season’s Round Two of the Carabao Cup after it was determined opponents Harrogate Town would be unable to fulfil the Round One fixture within the required time period.
The Bureau of the FIFA Council has approved a change to the men’s International Match Calendar in response to the global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The RFL shares the bitter disappointment of the RLWC2021 team that they have been left with no choice but to postpone the Rugby League World Cup. They tried everything within their power to continue with the tournament this year. We are so grateful for their efforts, especially to create a world class and safe biosecurity regime but we note their view that ultimately the challenges were too great to hold the Tournament this year.
With the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 well underway, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is emphasising the need to support athletes’ well-being and highlighting the importance of protecting their mental health.
The NFL informed clubs that it would not extend the season to accommodate a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players that causes a game cancellation.
Australia and New Zealand pull out of Rugby League World Cup due to "player welfare and safety concerns" related to Covid-19.
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 ECA Executive Board met today in Munich for its first in-person meeting since February 2020, convened by new ECA Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi and attended by UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. The meeting came at a time of continuing challenge for the game in light of the ongoing impacts felt due to the COVID pandemic and the ramifications of the ill-fated European Super League (ESL) project.
The first Caribbean Games have been officially moved from 2021 to 2022, in Guadeloupe, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and their organizers insist that they will be held every four years and will feature athletes under 23 years of age, of all ages. countries in the region.
The NFL's COVID-19 testing results for the September 19 – October 2 period are as follows:
- 16,910 tests were administered to a total of 6,528 players and team personnel; 2,408 players and 4,120 personnel.
- There were 15 new confirmed positive tests among players and 20 new confirmed positives among personnel. The overall incidence rate is 0.5% for this testing period.
FIFA has today published the second report on the activities of its Players’ Status Department (PSD), covering the period from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.
NEUCHATEL/MIES (Switzerland) – The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) and FIBA have published the International Basketball Migration Report 2021.
GOLD COAST (Australia) – The Men’s and Women’s 2021 FIBA U17 Oceania Championship scheduled in December in Samoa have been postponed due to travel restrictions in the region.
The NBA has denied Andrew Wiggins’ request for a religious exemption from the San Francisco mandatory requirement for all attendees at indoor gatherings to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The Oceania Football Confederation is welcoming discussions initiated by FIFA, regarding its participation in the consultation process around the review and development of a new women’s and men’s FIFA International Match Calendar.
THE PROFESSIONAL Game Board (PGB) has today announced a new Covid-19 strategy that will incentivise players and management from the elite game in England to be fully vaccinated.
From today (Monday 13 September), the policy will allow Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Allianz Premier 15s or Championship Rugby clubs to relax some elements of the current Covid-related Minimum Operating Standards (MOS) once they reach a vaccination rate of 85% in both the player and staff groups.
Full Vaccination Required for all PHF Members during 2021-22 Season
September 10, 2021 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – The Premier Hockey Federation has announced its COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols for the 2021-22 season that includes the adoption of a full vaccination policy for its members.
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European Club Association (ECA) members are set to prevent their players from traveling to red-list countries in September for international duty unless quarantine exemptions are made.
The UK currently has a 10-day quarantine period in a managed hotel in force for any individuals travelling to countries on the red list, this isolation period would result in players missing multiple Premier League games. Clubs across Europe in major leagues are facing a similar problem with the international break starting at the beginning of September.
CAF has noted the current circumstances in place in Britain regarding the lack of sporting exemptions for players returning from several African countries after the international window next week.
Ahead of the 2021 NFL season, the Las Vegas Raiders have become the first NFL team to announce a vaccine/no mask policy.
The guidelines, which will go into effect Week 1 when the Raiders take on the Ravens, mandate that all fans who attend home games inside of Allegiant Stadium will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Harrogate Town’s next three fixtures will not take place as scheduled due to positive cases of COVID-19 being identified within the Club’s squad.
It means a number of individuals are unable to play or train due to either a positive test or the requirement to self-isolate in line with Government and EFL guidance.
Featherstone Rovers have been deducted two Betfred Championship points and fined £10,000 after being found guilty of breaching the RFL’s Operational Rules.
This is an Agreed Decision between the RFL and the club.
Rovers were found to have held an indoor gathering on Saturday 27 March – a direct breach of the national lockdown restrictions in place at the time – and to have subsequently included in the team for the following Friday’s (2 April) fixture against Batley 12 players who took part in the illegal gathering and who would ordinarily have been forced to stand down under RFL Covid protocols.
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.
Top Olympic sponsor Toyota has confirmed that it will not air Games related adverts or attend the opening ceremony due to the fact that the Japanese public do not support the Games going ahead.
The BHA has today shared updated COVID-19 Guidelines and Operating Procedures that will apply at British race meetings from Monday 19 July 2021.
This follows the publication yesterday of specific guidance for sports and large events in England, and announcements from the Scottish and Welsh Governments about their own plans for easing COVID-19 measures.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week published the Tokyo 2020 Sport-Specific Regulations (SSRs), which aim to determine how any impact of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case would be managed in competition formats and structures at these Games. The regulations have been jointly developed between the IOC and the International Federations (IFs) whose sports are on the Olympic programme of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.