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CAS upholds the appeal of Nikita Khakimov

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the appeal filed by the Russian badminton player Nikita Khakimov against the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in relation to the decision rendered by the BWF Hearing Panel on 18 November 2020 (the Challenged Decision) in which he was found have committed violations of the BWF Code of Conduct relating to betting and match-fixing and sanctioned with a five-year suspension from badminton-related activities.

IIHF Council meeting concludes

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The IIHF Council came together for a three-day meeting in Zurich, Switzerland from 31 October-2nd November. 

It was the first Council meeting to be held under newly-elected IIHF President Luc Tardif, who took over the IIHF Presidency from René Fasel following the Council elections held in St. Petersburg on 25 September. 

Sport Integrity Australia: Let's talk about blood

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Blood is the vital fluid delivering essential substances like oxygen and nutrients to our body’s cells. Made up of plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, it’s constantly circulating through our body as the moving force we need in order to exist.

Blood testing is also a vital part of the anti-doping repertoire.

ITA welcomes WADA global and regional leaders to discuss complementary actions for clean sport

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In order to strengthen the worldwide complementary activities of the ITA and WADA and to discuss concrete joint actions in favour of clean sport, ITA Director General Benjamin Cohen welcomed WADA global and regional leaders to ITA's Lausanne headquarters last week. Next to a deeper exchange on specific projects, both organisations recognised the importance of creating increased awareness of each organisation’s respective roles and responsibilities by various stakeholders.

2021 Suspicious Betting Trends in Global Football Report

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Stats Perform Integrity and Starlizard Integrity Services have released their fourth annual Suspicious Betting Trends in Global Football Report. The report aims to provide fellow stakeholders in the sports integrity community with a significant and informative overview of current trends in suspicious football betting.

65 suspicious betting alerts reported by IBIA in Q3 2021

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he International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) reported 65 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during the third quarter (Q3) of 2021. The Q3 2021 total represents a 14% decrease compared to Q3 2020, which saw 76 alerts. The Q3 2021 alerts covered tennis (23 cases), football (18), table tennis (17), esports (2) and one each in handball, cricket, squash, basketball and futsal. From a geographical perspective, Europe accounted for nearly 60% of all alerts reported during Q3, followed by Asia with 15% and Africa 12%.

Sport Integrity Australia 12 months in

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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.

Football Player Receives Sanction

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Sport Integrity Australia acknowledges the decision of the Football Australia Anti-Doping Tribunal to sanction athlete Joseph Lawless for the presence of a metabolite of a prohibited substance and the use of a prohibited substance.

New rules around glucocorticoid injections

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From 1 January 2022, all glucocorticoid injections will be prohibited in-competition. This is a new ruling making their classification consistent with oral glucocorticoid preparations.

LawInSport Weekly News Recap - 1 October

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Welcome to LawInSport’s weekly News Roundup.  This recap highlights this week’s news pieces from across the world of sport. For further updates, please visit our news section.

We hope you find this useful. If you have any related questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Promod Esports becomes an ESIC Member

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ESIC is delighted to welcome Promod Esports into membership, supporting ESIC’s mission towards a uniform standard for integrity in esports. As part of its membership, Promod Esports will integrate ESIC’s integrity codes and standards into its esports operations, encouraging fair play and sporting integrity across their platforms. Joining a long list of industry leaders in membership, Promod Esports reinforces their operational commitment to competitive integrity, youth protection, and commercial viability of the international esports industry.

German tennis player banned for 12 months

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The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has today confirmed that German tennis player Dario Drebenstedt has been banned from the sport for 12 months and fined $5000 after being found guilty of several breaches of Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) rules. The offenses all took place at a tournament in Egypt in 2021 and related to an attempt to buy a wild card and attempted corrupt approaches to other players.

INTERPOL: Integrity in sport - bi-weekly bulletin - 7-20 September

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Belgian police to investigate possible basketball fraud case

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian basketball federation has asked the country’s federal police to investigate a possible fraud case related to the organization of 3x3 tournaments in the runup to the Tokyo Olympics.

Following discussions with the local Wallonia and Flanders federations, Basketball Belgium said in a statement on Tuesday that it contacted a police unit specialized in sports fraud to conduct a “thorough investigation.”

The federation said a disciplinary inquiry was being carried out by Basketball Flanders in addition to a criminal complaint.

De Standaard newspaper reported last month that fake 3x3 basketball tournaments were set up in Belgium from August to October 2019 in a bid to allow the Belgium team to collect the necessary points to be able to take part in qualifying for the Olympic Games.

LawInSport Weekly News Recap - 17 September

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Welcome to LawInSport’s weekly News Roundup.  This recap highlights this week’s news pieces from across the world of sport. For further updates, please visit our news section.

We hope you find this useful. If you have any related questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

The IIHF Independent Disciplinary Board has issued a five-year suspension to Belarusian Ice Hockey Association (BIHA) President Dmitri Baskov.

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The IIHF Independent Disciplinary Board has issued a five-year suspension to Belarusian Ice Hockey Association (BIHA) President Dmitri Baskov. 

The decision comes following a ten-month investigation by the IIHF Disciplinary Board, which found Baskov to be in violation of the IIHF Code of Conduct. The Board cited sufficient evidence that Baskov has tried to directly influence others to support the Belarus government and has threatened and discriminated Belarusian athletes because of their political opinion, violating Rule 1.2.2.1 of the IIHF Code of Conduct. The Board also determined that Baskov abused his position as a representative of ice hockey in order to support the current President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, violating Article 5 of the Olympic Charter in connection with Article 2.1 of the IIHF Disciplinary Regulations and Rule 1.2.2.4 of the IIHF Code of Conduct.  

CGF appoint new Ethics Officer and new Commission members

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The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is delighted to announce the appointment of its first Ethics Officer and a further four members to its Ethics Commission.

The CGF Ethics Commission is a completely independent body tasked with maintaining the highest standards of probity throughout the Commonwealth Sport Movement. 

Sportsflare joins ESIC as an Anti-Corruption Supporter

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Sportsflare is the latest company to join ESIC in its fight against betting fraud and corruption in esports, joining over 40 Anti-Corruption Supporters around the world. Being an Anti-Corruption Supporter, Sportsflare will assist ESIC in investigating suspicious betting activity across their betting platform, endorsing ESIC’s greater effort against match-fixing and betting fraud within esports.

WADA President calls on Governments to implement sanction framework for UNESCO’s International Convention Against Doping in Sport

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The President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Witold Bańka, was in Paris today to address the 8th Session of the Conference of Parties to the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport (Convention) being held from 26-28 October 2021. The Convention, which is the legal framework under which Governments can address anti-doping issues, is the second most successful in the history of UNESCO, in terms of the pace of ratification, with only four countries of the world yet to Register.

Independent complaint handling process confirmed for Football Australia

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Sport Integrity Australia and Football Australia have today confirmed the details of an independent complaints and reports handling, investigation, and disciplinary framework. 

Under the framework, Sport Integrity Australia will consider complaints and reports on a range of allegations including abuse, bullying, child abuse, child grooming, endangering the safety of a child, harassment, sexual misconduct, unlawful discrimination, victimisation, and vilification at the elite levels of Australian football.

Howe Joins Swimming Australia Board

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Swimming Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Sally Howe to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Howe takes the position of Abi Cleland who stood down at the end of June.

IWF Executive Board Meets, Decides Good Governance Provisions

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The IWF Executive Board met online and in person in Jeddah, Saud-Arabia and discussed good governance measures, making several key decisions aimed at implementing the recently-adopted Constitution at the heart of the IWF’s reforms. The decisions focused on provisions for the various upcoming elections and ensuring they are conducted according to high levels of integrity.

FIFA kick-off Global Integrity Programme for CAF Member Associations

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As part of improving education and integrity capacity building both in Africa and globally, FIFA kicked-off on Thursday 30 November the Global Integrity Program for CAF Member Associates.

CAF General Secretary, Veron Mosengo-Omba gave opening remarks on Thursday morning during the opening session where he outlined the importance of the program for Member Associations.

Tips for masters to avoid sport integrity pitfalls

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Continuing to play sport as we age is regarded as an ideal facilitator of healthy ageing through enhanced physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

And as the international sporting arena continually strives to create options for all, there are more and more competitive opportunities for sport loving Australians over the age of 35 within the masters’ cohort.

The Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport imposes an 18-month period of ineligibility on Andrejs Rastorgujevs (Latvia) following 3 whereabout failures in 12 months

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The Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS ADD) has issued the following decision in relation to the Latvian biathlete Andrejs Rastorgujevs:

  • The Request for Arbitration filed by the International Biathlon Union on 3 May 2021 is partially upheld.

  • Andrejs Rastorgujevs is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to Article 2.4 of the IBU ADR (three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period).

  • Andrejs Rastorgujevs is sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of eighteen (18) months.

  • The period of ineligibility shall commence on 11 March 2021, which is the start date of

    the provisional suspension imposed on Andrejs Rastorgujevs.

  • All competitive results obtained by Andrejs Rastorgujevs from 1 July 2020 until the date

    on which the CAS ADD decision enters into force are disqualified, with all resulting consequences including forfeiture of medals, points and prizes.

ITA webinar – Integrity of Competition – Cheating in sport: preventing competition manipulation and doping

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This month we will address the wider topic of integrity in sport with a focus on competition manipulation.

Betting, match-fixing, sharing inside information and doping in sport are all forms of cheating, running contrary to the idea of a clean and fair field of play. We will examine each of these areas with our expert panel and an athlete guest. We will also look at how personal and sport values affect decision-making and how moments of vulnerability can lead to taking poor decisions. In turn, we will discuss how this can lead to personal, social and economic consequences.

Join us for this interactive session where we challenge you to learn more about yourself and the values that are most important to you and your fellow athletes and colleagues in sport.

We are very pleased to deliver these webinars in English with simultaneous translation to four additional languages – Arabic (العربي), Spanish (español), French (français) and Russian (русский).

Tokyo 2020: ITA succeeded in fully implementing anti-doping program for Olympic Games despite challenging COVID-19 circumstances

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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.


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