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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.

Louisiana Gaming Control Board awards Genius Sports initial temporary sports betting authorization

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State gaming authority grants Genius Sports initial approval to support sportsbook partners statewide.

Genius Sports Limited (NYSE: GENI) (“Genius Sports”), the official data, technology and commercial partner that powers the ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media, announced today that it has been certified by the State of Louisiana Gaming Control Board as Sports Wagering Service Provider for an initial six months. Genius Sports is currently awaiting its full license authorization.

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. 

Wellbeing support confirmed for Football Australia process

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Anyone impacted by the independent complaints handling process for Football Australia will have free access to expert mental health and wellbeing support, as part of an expanded partnership announced today by Football Australia, Sport Integrity Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).  

World Rugby establishes dedicated Women’s Player Welfare Steering Group

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World Rugby has announced the establishment of a dedicated women’s player welfare steering group that will exclusively focus on the advancement of player welfare initiatives and interventions designed specifically for the women’s game at all levels.

Women’s rugby is growing globally at a rapid pace and, in line with its strategy to cement rugby as the most progressive sport on player welfare, World Rugby is committed to ensuring a dedicated focus on women’s welfare advancement, and not just replicate or adopt measures in place for the men’s game. This approach also supports the approach outlined in the transformational 2017-25 Women’s Plan.

The ITA is granted observer status of the Monitoring Group for the Council of Europe’s Anti-Doping Convention

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The ITA had filed an application to be granted observer status earlier this year, and it was unanimously confirmed by the parties to the Anti-Doping Convention in July 2021. The Monitoring Group of the Convention surveys its application, examines any necessary modifications, holds consultations with any necessary stakeholders, recommends the appropriate measures to keep relevant organisations and the public informed about the activities undertaken within its framework and makes any proposal to improve its effectiveness. The Group also approves the list of pharmacological classes of doping agents and doping methods and the criteria for the accreditation of laboratories.

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.

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.

IPC publish 2020-2021 Annual Report

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has published its 2020/2021 Annual Report detailing how the organisation made major advancements during the year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the complete report here.

NFL teams can now interview head coaching candidates during last two weeks of season

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The NFL's Fall League Meeting has produced a handful of changes to the Rooney Rule.

A memo sent by the NFL to all 32 clubs and obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero detailed policy changes enacted during Tuesday's session that were initially reported on Monday. Among those changes were an increase in the amount of external minority candidates required to be interviewed during a hiring process to fill vacancies at the executive level, as well as coordinator positions.

IFAB advisory panels recommend making five-substitute option permanent

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Various key footballing matters and proposals for potential Law changes were the focus of discussions at today’s FIFA-chaired virtual meeting of The IFAB’s Football and Technical Advisory Panels (FAP-TAP), at which particular attention was devoted to the temporary amendment to Law 3 – The Players.

New women's football strategy in Liechtenstein

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In its new national football strategy, entitled ‘Gemeinsam.2026’ (Together.2026), the Liechtenstein Football Association (LFV) has made it clear that women’s football is now ready for the next stage in its development.

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.

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.

NHLPA statement following Executive Board meeting

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On the NHLPA’s Executive Board call today, Don Fehr recommended that an independent investigation be commenced by outside legal counsel in order to review the NHLPA’s response to the Kyle Beach matter. The Executive Board is currently voting on this matter.

IWF Announces First Athlete Elections

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The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has asked its member federations to submit nominations for the forthcoming Athletes Commission elections. The elections, a key step in implementing the governance reform adopted earlier this year, will take place during the IWF World Weightlifting Championships between 7 and 16 December in Tashkent. 

Gallen and Martin Complete the Swimming Australia Board

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Swimming Australia is delighted to announce the appointments of Michelle Gallen and Neil Martin to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.

The appointments were endorsed at week’s Annual General Meeting and came after two Director’s terms, Bruce Havilah and Andrew Baildon, had concluded and come up for re-election.

Learn how to safeguard your sport

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To mark National Children’s Week, Sport Integrity Australia has today launched its inaugural Child Safeguarding in Sport Induction e-Learning course.

The e-Learning course complements the National Integrity Framework Child Safeguarding Policy and has been developed for any person and any organisation who is bound by the policy, such as National Sporting Organisations (NSOs), State Sporting Organisations (SSOs), clubs/affiliated bodies, boards, committees, participants, employees, coaches, contractors, officials, and support personnel.

WADA adds three National Anti-Doping Organizations to compliance ‘watchlist’

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COMPLIANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE ALSO MET ON 24-25 OCTOBER

As part of a circulatory vote that ended yesterday, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s)  Executive Committee (ExCo) approved the 7 October recommendation from the Agency’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) to add the following three National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) to the compliance ‘watchlist’[1]:

  • German Community of Belgium;
  • Montenegro; and
  • Romania.

The ITA is granted observer status of the Monitoring Group for the Council of Europe’s Anti-Doping Convention

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The International Testing Agency (ITA) has been granted observer status with the monitoring group of the Anti-Doping Convention of the Council of Europe. The convention lays down binding rules on the 47 member states of the Council of Europe and 5 other states (Australia, Belarus, Canada, Morocco, and Tunisia) with a view to harmonise anti-doping regulations and to promote the important role of sport in moral and physical education as well as in international understanding.

FIFA awards key media rights to FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ in the Netherlands

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FIFA has awarded free-to-air media rights to key matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ to public service broadcaster NOS in the Netherlands. NOS will show twenty-five matches of the tournament, including the opening match, any Dutch national team matches and the key matches of the knock-out stage on its leading NPO channels. NOS has previously achieved extremely high audiences for women’s football, including the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™, the final of which was followed by around 5.5 million viewers (with 88% audience market share).

NFLPA Launches Accelerator, DRIVEN, to Help Close Diversity Gap in Licensing

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To address the diversity gap in licensing, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) today unveiled a new business accelerator – Driven. This program is committed to advocating for greater inclusion of diverse entrepreneurs and their consumer products while empowering them as agents of change, moving them off the sideline and providing them with a seat and voice at the table.


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