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AFC President discusses plans to raise Asian football with ANFA President

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Manama: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa met with the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) President Karma Tsering Sherpa, with the AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John also in attendance.
Shaikh Salman welcomed the ANFA President to Bahrain and emphasised the importance of continuous engagement with the Asian football family and discussed the possible ways to further develop the game, as well as to strengthen the spirit of collaboration between the AFC and its Member Associations (MAs). 

WADA announces Independent Observer teams for Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce its Independent Observer (IO) program teams for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, which will take place from 4-20 February and from 4-13 March 2022, respectively.  

WADA’s IO program, which has been running since the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and has included more than 50 major events during that time, is an important element of WADA’s compliance monitoring of Major Event Organizations. The IO teams provide an independent review of all aspects of the anti-doping programs as delivered at major events, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Iranian athlete Nikoeimajd Mehran suspended four years for anti-doping rule violation

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has suspended Iranian Para athletics athlete Nikoeimajd Mehran for a period of four years for committing an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV). 

The athlete was found to have committed an ADRV pursuant to IPC Anti-Doping Code Article 2.2 of the IF Rules: Use or Attempted Use by an Athlete of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method.

One change of nationality approved for Beijing 2022

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An application for a change of nationality was accepted today by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) as it held a hybrid meeting from Lausanne, which concluded a series of commission meetings in the course of the week. 

Port Vale to launch mental health partnership for players, staff and supporters

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Port Vale have agreed a pioneering partnership with psychological and technology resources company AIM-FOR which will offer free mental health support to players, club staff and supporters.

The EFL’s Community Club of the Year is investing in Mental Health Safety Net – a bespoke suite of digital tools which will enable club employees and supporters to identify issues which may be affecting them and access a raft of information support services.

WADA Strategic Testing Expert Advisory Group explores alternative sample collection programs

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From 27-29 September 2021, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Strategic Testing Expert Advisory Group held three virtual meetings focused on the following topics:

  • An overview of new and existing areas of testing, including the implementation of Dried Blood Spot (DBS) and sample collection best practices for transgender athletes;
  • A review and update of the ‘Guidance for Testing during COVID-19 Pandemic’ document which was issued in November 2020;
  • A review of the implementation of, and compliance with, the Technical Document for Sports Specific Analysis (TDSSA), including the implementation of the haematological module of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP); and
  • The progress of a feasibility study on alternative sample collection programs.

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. 

FIFA publishes the 2021 edition of the Commentary on the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players

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The first edition, published in 2007 by FIFA, was a tool to supplement the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP), which were first adopted in 2001 following cooperation and negotiations between FIFA and the European Commission.

The commentary on the RSTP is a crucial document which will support member associations, clubs, players, leagues and football legal experts in ensuring that the RSTP is applied consistently across the global football community.

Sport Integrity Australia: play it fair online

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Sport Integrity Australia, together with 23 other major sporting organisations from around Australia, has teamed with the eSafety Commissioner to help combat online abuse in sport.

According to CEO David Sharpe, the agency joined the collective in signing the Online Safety Statement of Commitment as there is no place for abuse – whether it’s on the sporting field, off the field, or online.

WADA publishes updated Therapeutic Use Exemption Physician Guidelines and Checklists reflecting changes concerning injectable glucocorticoids

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to publish the following updated Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Physician Guidelines and Checklists, which reflect the latest rule changes regarding injectable routes of administration of glucocorticoids (GCs) coming into force on 1 January 2022 under the 2022 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (List).

Disciplinary charges, responses and suspensions for October 2021

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Finn O’Boyle, Harrogate Town U18 
Doncaster Rovers FC v Harrogate Town U18 
Youth Alliance – North East 
27/10/2021 
S2 Violent Conduct 

Result – Claim upheld. 3 match suspension removed 
 
MASS CONFRONTATION (FAST TRACK 2) – STANDARD CASE 

Blackpool FC, English Football League Championship 
Blackpool FC v Preston North End FC 
English Football League Championship 
23 October 2021 

Athletics coach Rana Reider to be investigated over sexual misconduct claims

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Athletics coach Rana Reider set to be investigated by the US Center for SafeSport after multiple complaints of sexual misconduct were made against him.

Reider is a well renowned athletics trainer as he has trained multiple World and Olympic Champions including Tokyo 2020 Olympic 200m gold medallist Andre de Grasse and two-time Olympic champion Christian Taylor.

Athletics coach Rana Reider to be investigated over sexual misconduct claims

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Athletics coach Rana Reider set to be investigated by the US Center for SafeSport after multiple complaints of sexual misconduct were made against him.

Reider is a well renowned athletics trainer as he has trained multiple World and Olympic Champions including Tokyo 2020 Olympic 200m gold medallist Andre de Grasse and two-time Olympic champion Christian Taylor.

Venezuelan Federation of Electronic Esports - IESF's Member Nation

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To succeed in our mission to create a united World Esport we need really big support and the biggest support we get is from our 111 Member nations, national federations from all around the world!

It’s really important to show you who are our Member Nations!

Today we are presenting the Venezuelan Federation of Electronic Esports.

WADA’s Therapeutic Use Exemption program – providing inclusion and fairness for athletes

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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 Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) program. This program provides a harmonized global approach for athletes that have illnesses or medical conditions that require them to take medications that are included on WADA’s Prohibited List. Previous ‘Spotlight’ features are available on WADA’s website.

Derby County Football Club has received a nine-point sporting sanction with a further three points suspended after admitting to breaches of the League’s Profitability and Sustainability rules

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The EFL has today confirmed that Derby County Football Club has received a nine-point sporting sanction with a further three points suspended after admitting to breaches of the League’s Profitability and Sustainability (P&S) rules.

This matter has been determined under the terms of an ‘Agreed Decision’ reached between the League and the Club and was formally ratified by an Independent Disciplinary Commission Chair as per the requirements of EFL Regulations.

The ‘Agreed Decision’ is available here [https://www.efl.com/-more/governance/judgments-and-decisions/]

Sport Integrity Australia: weightlifter receives sanction

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Sport Integrity Australia acknowledges the decision of the Australian Weightlifting Federation to sanction athlete Nathan Mortensen for the presence of prohibited substances and their metabolites and the use and possession of prohibited substances.

Mr Mortensen returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an out-of-competition doping control test on 10 September 2020.

Football Leadership Diversity Code expands into the wider English game

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We have today launched a version of the Football Leadership Diversity Code tailored for the National League System, Women’s pyramid and grassroots football, aiming to tackle inequality and improve representation of diverse groups across senior leadership positions, wider team operations and coaching roles.

The Football Leadership Diversity Code has been developed in collaboration with club leaders, community football representatives, County FA chief executives and others across the game to ensure English football at all levels better represents our modern and diverse society.

FIFA transfer reforms gain additional support

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The European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on Culture and Education has published a report recalling “the need to regulate the activities of agents” and acknowledging the importance of the “recent reforms in the football transfer market”.

UIPM Committee Members meet to kickstart new 5th discipline consultation process

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Six members of UIPM’s Athletes Committee, Coaches Committee and Technical Committee met today to begin the consultation process announced by the UIPM Executive Board (EB) on November 4.

Current and incoming members of the three committees had preliminary discussions about the consultation process and were briefed by UIPM President Dr Klaus Schormann as well as UIPM Vice-President Joel Bouzou and Secretary General Shiny Fang.

Powerlifting Athlete Suspended for the Presence and Use of Tamoxifen

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The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Phillipe Marcil, a powerlifting athlete, received a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on August 21, 2021, revealed the presence of tamoxifen, a prohibited hormone and metabolic modulator.

Extreme E supports count US in Citizens' Declaration at COP26

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Today at a COP26 special event, Extreme E alongside Count Us In, the Drive Electric Campaign, Route Zero, and Bloomberg Green has supported the UN High Level Climate Action Champions, Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz, in their presentation of the Count Us In Citizens’ Declaration: an open call on world leaders - signed by more than 35 key policy, industry and civil society actors - to adopt comprehensive policy measures to accelerate the transition to zero-emissions road transport.

WADA invites stakeholders to the eighth International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to invite stakeholders to the eighth International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS). The event, which will take place virtually from 17-19 November 2021, is jointly organized by WADA, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the International Society for the Study of Emerging Drugs (ISSED), the University of Hertfordshire, and the Centre for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE).

Good governance central to reforms in Malta

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Landmark decisions have been approved at an extraordinary general meeting of the Malta Football Association (MFA) following a wide consultation process undertaken by the MFA over the past year, culminating in the approval of important amendments to the association’s statutes.

Bertomeau 'to step down' as Euroleague CEO after six clubs vote to dismiss him

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Euroleague Basketball chief executive Jordi Bertomeu will leave his position at the end of the season after six of the basketball club competition’s 11 shareholder teams voted to dismiss him.

In a teleconference including all eleven of the league’s shareholders, six clubs voted to oust the Catalan executive while five voted to keep him on, according to multiple reports.

IPC General Assembly to be held remotely

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The IPC General Assembly set for 11-12 December 2021 in Chinese Taipei will now be held remotely after the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) was informed by national authorities in the host country that all attendees would need to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

Since Chinese Taipei was awarded the General Assembly in June, the Local Organising Committee NPC Chinese Taipei has been developing COVID-19 countermeasures to ensure the health and safety of all attendees.  The NPC felt they were very near agreement with the authorities on a bubble system for the General Assembly. However, upon speaking directly with the national authorities on Tuesday, the IPC were informed that all General Assembly delegates would in fact have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. This is non-practical solution for all concerned and the IPC has now decided to stage the event online.

The ICC partners with Faze Technologies to create exclusive digital collectibles

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced a partnership with Faze Technologies (Faze) to create exclusive digital collectibles of the greatest moments from ICC events.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced a partnership with Faze Technologies (Faze) to create exclusive digital collectibles of the greatest moments from ICC events. 

Sport Resolutions to assist the ITF by operating and administering its ad hoc Independent Tribunal during the 2021 Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas and Davis Cup by Rakuten finals respectively

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We are delighted to be assisting the International Tennis Federation (ITF) by operating and administering an ad hoc Independent Tribunal during the 2021 Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas and the 2021 Davis Cup by Rakuten finals respectively.

Sport Resolutions will operate and administer an ad hoc Independent Tribunal, composed of Sport Resolutions’ arbitrators, during the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas in Prague, Czech between 1-6 November 2021, and during the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals in Madrid between 25 November - 5 December.

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