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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.

Two Uzbekistan tennis players banned

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The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has confirmed that two tennis players from Uzbekistan, Temur Ismailov and Amal Sultanbekov, have been banned from the sport, following an investigation into match fixing at a tournament in 2019.

AAA Arbitrator Imposes Four-Year Sanction on Weightlifting Athlete James Nelson for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

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USADA announced today that an independent arbitrator from the American Arbitration Association (AAA) has concluded the case of weightlifting athlete James Nelson, of Fort Worth, Texas, and has determined that Nelson should receive a four-year sanction for his anti-doping rule violation. The decision comes after the facts of the case were presented and fully argued at an evidentiary hearing on June 10, 2021.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduces the life ban imposed on Samon Siasia to five years

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the appeal filed by the Nigerian football coach Samson Siasia against the decision rendered by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on 11 April 2019 (the Challenged Decision). In such decision, Samson Siasia was found guilty of infringement of article 1 (bribery) of the 2009 FIFA Code of Ethics and sanctioned with a life ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) and a fine of CHF 50,000 was imposed on him.

CAS reduces the period of ineligibility imposed on Andre Onana for anti-doping rule violation from 12 months to 9 months

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the appeal arbitration proceedings between André Onana and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in relation to the decision issued by the UEFA Appeals Body on 4 February 2021 (the Challenged Decision) in which André Onana was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation without “significant fault” (furosemide, a specified substance on the WADA Prohibited List) and sanctioned with a 12-month suspension

Three Belgian Tennis players provisionally suspended

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Three Belgian tennis players Romain Barbosa, Arthur de Greef and Alex Witmeur who are the subject of an ongoing criminal and ITIA investigation, have today been provisionally suspended by AHO Professor Richard McLaren.

WADA Statement on Alex Schwazer Case

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In light of questions that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) continues to receive from the media and other stakeholders concerning the case of Italian race walker, Alex Schwazer, WADA wishes to share the following statement, which re-confirms its position on this matter (including its 18 February 2021 statement) and addresses some key questions of this case.

On 18 February, an investigating judge in Bolzano, Judge Walter Pelino, made a series of accusations against World Athletics, the anti-doping laboratory in Cologne, and WADA. These were not findings in a judgment rendered after a trial of those three bodies, in which they had been properly confronted with the accusations and given a full and fair opportunity to defend themselves. Instead, they were made in a pre-trial decree issued by the investigating judge in criminal proceedings relating to Alex Schwazer. Nor does WADA, World Athletics, or the Cologne laboratory have any right of appeal against these accusations.  

Track and field athlete receives sanction

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Sport Integrity Australia acknowledges the decision of Athletics Australia to impose a four-year ban on athlete Jessica Peris for the Presence and Use of prohibited substances.

Piutau appeal dismissed

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Bristol Bears' Siale Piutau appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel on Thursday 10 September. He appealed his three match suspension, which was given for punching or striking Worcester Warriors' Andrew Kitchener contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12.

Owen Farrell receives five-match suspension

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Farrell was shown a red card by referee Christophe Ridley in the 61st minute of the match between Saracens and Wasps on Saturday 5 September 2020. This was for a dangerous tackle on Wasps’ Charlie Atkinson, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.13.

Esports Integrity Commission Opens Inquiry into Historical Spectator Bug Exploitation

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On 2 September ESIC issued sanction outcomes against three coaches who utilised a bug in the CS:GO spectator mode in order to achieve an advantage (“Spectator Bug”). ESIC has since reviewed a large quantity of evidence and believes that it is in the best interest of the industry to open an inquiry into the potential exploitation of this bug as far back as 2016. In doing so, ESIC will contract the services of Michal Slowinski and Steve Dudenhoeffer (the discoverers of wrongful use of this exploit) to work with ESIC in the fulfilment of the inquiry.

Rugby Union players Stafford and Kay banned from sport

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Rugby Union players Joseph Stafford and Rupert Kay have been banned from all sport, following the commission of two separate Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). Joseph Stafford has been banned for three and a half years for Evading Sample Collection, while Rupert Kay has been banned for two years for Complicity.

Esports Integrity Commission statement on exploitation of a bug in CS:GO by team coaches.

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We conclude that it is beyond doubt that dead, HUNDEN and MechanoGun are guilty of exploiting the infamous “coach bug”. We acknowledge the admissions of HUNDEN and MechanoGun and their acceptance of the ESL and Dreamhack sanctions. We have offered the opportunity to all teams to appeal our decisions to the ESIC Independent Disciplinary Panel as per the appeals process outlined within our Code.

Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee sanctions Issa Hayatou

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The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Issa Hayatou, former CAF president, former FIFA President ad interim, FIFA Vice-President and member of the FIFA Council, as well as Honorary FIFA VicePresident, responsible for having breached article 15 (Duty of Loyalty) of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

Independent Panel issues sanctions against two IWF Member Federations following ITA referral

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THE INTERNATIONAL TESTING AGENCY (ITA) CONFIRMS THE IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS BY THE INTERNATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATIONS’ (IWF’S) MEMBER FEDERATION INDEPENDENT SANCTIONING PANEL AGAINST THE VIETNAMESE AND COLOMBIAN WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATIONS UPON REFERRAL BY THE ITA. THE ITA WILL ALSO REFER THE TURKISH WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION BEFORE THE IWF INDEPENDENT SANCTION PANEL FOR MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS.

Salwa Eid Naser (Bahrain) found guilty of an Anti-Doping Role Violation (whereabout failures) by CAS

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Lausanne, 30 June 2021 - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the appeals filed by World Athletics (WA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the decision issued by the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal on 14 October 2020 (the Challenged Decision) in which it was determined that Ms Salwa Eid Naser had not committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) in relation to an alleged filing failure and missed tests between March 2019 and January 2020.

World Athletics v Luvo Manyonga

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A decision in the case of World Athletics against Luvo Manyonga has been issued by the Disciplinary Tribunal.

On 23 December 2020 the AIU issued Mr Manyonga with a Notice of Charge for committing an Anti-Doping Rule Violation relating to Whereabouts Failures, consisting of one Missed Test and two Filing Failures in a 12-month period.

Shelby Houlihan found guilty of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the arbitration procedure between the US track and field athlete Shelby Houlihan and World Athletics (WA):

  • Shelby Houlihan is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) pursuant to Rule 2.1 and Rule 2.2 of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules. • Shelby Houlihan is subject to a period of ineligibility of four (4) years starting on 14 January 2021. 
  • All competitive results obtained by Shelby Houlihan from 15 December 2020 through to 14 January 2021 are disqualified, including forfeiture of any titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money obtained during this period.

The FA publishes outcomes from club appeals against sanctions by the National League

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The FA has today published the outcomes of appeals from a number of clubs against sanctions by the National League during the 2020/21 season. 

An independent Appeal Board considered three appeals on 29 April 2021 against sanctions from the National League for failing to fulfil fixtures by Blyth Spartans FC, Farsley Celtic FC and Spennymoor Town FC. 

Statement - Ben Blackmore

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Ben Blackmore has been found guilty of breaching three of the RFL’s Operational Rules, and suspended for 10 weeks – effective from May 24.

Rugby player banned for four years for anti-doping violation

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Mr Perry provided an out of competition urine sample at his home on 28 October 2019. The sample was found to contain an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for oxandrolone and its metabolites. Oxandrolone is a non-specified substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List 2019.

WADA welcomes decision of French court in Diack case

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomes the decision by the Correctional Tribunal in Paris, France, to convict six people, including the former President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF, today World Athletics), Lamine Diack, on charges of corruption linked to the Russian doping scandal.

Kitchener and Piutau accept disciplinary charges

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Kitchener was shown a red card by referee Wayne Barnes in the 79th minute of the match between Worcester Warriors and Bristol Bears on Friday 4 September 2020. Piutau was cited by independent citing commissioner Tony Diprose following the same match. In both cases this was for punching or striking, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12.

Esports Integrity Commission Update on MDL Match Fixing Investigation

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Approximately eighteen months ago and on several occasions since, ESIC has received suspicious bet alerts through our global integrity monitoring framework which led us to establish an investigation into potential match-fixing activity in the MDL tournament series administered by one of our members, ESEA (a subsidiary operation of ESL). As we consider this matter to be of industry concern due to social media speculation, we have chosen to provide an update as we begin to finalise our investigation.

Two players banned for anti-doping rule violations

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Mr Stafford was charged with an ADRV of Evading Sample collection in breach of World Rugby Regulation 21.2.3 (Evading, Refusing or Failing to Submit to Sample Collection). He has been banned from all sports for three and a half years, from 16 July 2019 to 15 January 2023.

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