Ronald Harris - Rule (J)24, fast-tracked

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£750 fine - A breach of Rule (J)24 of the Rules of Racing in that he did not complete the BHA’s mandatory online Safeguarding training which all trainers are required to complete in order to comply with the licensing requirements imposed on them.  Reminder letters were sent to all trainers on 24 September 2020, 17 November 2020 and 8 December 2020.  Also, the National Trainers Federation published in their newsletter reminders to all trainers on 30 September 2019, 31 January 2020, 6 November 2020 and 3 December 2020.  On 27 January 2021 a final letter was sent to him advising that the training had to be completed by yourself by 3 February 2021

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 ITA concludes investigation into a decade of rule violations in weightlifting, charges current and former IWF officials

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The international testing agency (ITA) publishes a report on anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) following a series of allegations of misconduct by the international weightlifting federation (IWF), providing an overview of the findings of the investigation into approximately 146 unresolved cases over the 2009-2019 period. The report notably uncovers mishandling and impropriety on the part of certain IWF Officials in relation to its anti-doping program. As a consequence of these discoveries, the ITA has – among other follow-up actions – asserted ADRVs against former IWF president Tamas Ajan, IWF Vice-President Nicolae Vlad, and Hassan Akkus, President of the European Weightlifting Confederation.

Decision of the UCI Disciplinary Commission concerning Marc Bracke

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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today announces that its Disciplinary Commission has rendered its decision in the disciplinary proceedings concerning Mr Marc Bracke, Director General and Sport Director of the UCI Women’s Continental Team Doltcini - Van Eyck - Proximus Continental Team, and allegations of harassment reported by several riders. The UCI had already announced the opening of disciplinary proceedings following the conclusions of its Ethics Commission.

The Disciplinary Commission confirmed the Ethics Commission’s analysis that Mr Bracke’s conduct constituted sexual harassment according to article 6.4 of the UCI Code of Ethics and article 2.3 of Appendix 1.

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.

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.

Suspension of TAWA Athletes lifted in accordance with the decision of the Independent Monitoring Group

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In its award of 8 April 2021, the CAS had decided that TAWA athletes would not be allowed to participate in IWF events until 18 June 2021, or an earlier date subject to TAWA satisfying a number of conditions. The matter was considered by the Independent Monitoring Group, which yesterday found that these conditions were satisfied and therefore lifted the suspension on TAWA athletes with immediate effect. However, no TAWA athletes will participate in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as a result of the CAS award.

Result of an Enquiry (L. Williams) heard by the Disciplinary Panel on 17 June 2021

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1. The Independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) met on 17 June 2021 to consider the allegation that Mr Levi Williams was in breach of Rule (K)49 of the Rules of Racing.  (A Jockey must ensure that no Banned Substances is present in their body).  A urine sample collected from him at Wolverhampton Racecourse on 29 January 2021 showed the presence of the banned substances benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of cocaine) and THC-acid (a metabolite of cannabis).

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. 

CAS dismisses the 2nd appeal of Blake Leeper

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal filed on 1 May 2021 by US bilateral transtibial amputee sprinter Blake Leeper against the decision taken by the Mechanical Aids Review panel established by World Athletics (WA) dated 26 April 2021 in which the athlete’s 24 December 2020 application to run at WA-sanctioned events on Running Specific Prostheses (RSPs) that give him an overall standing height of 185.42 cm (6’1”) was denied. The WA panel did so on grounds that the height of the proposed RSPs conferred upon Mr Leeper an “overall competitive advantage over an athlete not using such aid” and were accordingly “not allowed” by Article R6.3.4 of WA’s Technical Rules. Accordingly, the decision rendered by the WA Mechanical Aids Review panel on 26 April 2021 is confirmed by CAS.

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.  

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.

Disciplinary Commission - Derby County sanction verdict and fixture list publication

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An independent Disciplinary Commission has delivered its verdict on sanctions for Derby County relating to ongoing disciplinary proceedings.

In May, an Independent League Arbitration Panel ruled that the Disciplinary Commission was wrong to dismiss the League’s expert accountancy evidence, which demonstrated that the Club’s policy regarding the amortisation of player registrations was contrary to standard accounting rules. 

WADA statement regarding CAS hearing – WADA v Sun Yang and FINA

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomes the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the case of WADA’s appeal against the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) disciplinary panel decision related to an incident that led to a doping control involving Chinese swimmer Sun Yang not being completed as planned.

Romanian Weightlifting Federation suspended upon referral by the ITA

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The International Testing Agency (ITA) confirms that the International Weightlifting Federations’ (IWF’s) Member Federation Independent Sanctioning Panel has imposed a one-year suspension against the Romanian Weightlifting Federation as a consequence of numerous Anti-Doping Rule Violations.

Independent Appeal Panel Decision

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Following an appeal to the Independent Appeals Panel ("Panel") made by Mr Kim Andersen against the decision of the Ethics Commission from 8 October 2020 ("EC Decision"), the Panel has partially upheld Mr Andersen's appeal.

Result of an Appeal (J. Watson) heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Thursday 27 May 2021

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 1. The Race: 

This was the 1.10 at Nottingham on 18 May 2021, a Class 5 British Station Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (GBB Race) for 2-year-olds over 6 furlongs. Mr Watson rode NOISY NIGHT. Soon after the start the horse veered sharply left and lost a lot of ground. No criticism could be made of Mr Watson’s riding of the horse at that stage and he did his best to get the horse under control. However, as proved to be common ground in the hearing before us, thereafter he failed to comply with Rule (F)37of the Rules of Racing in that: (F)37 .1 he did not and was not seen to ask the horse for timely, real and substantial efforts to achieve the best possible placing and (F)37.2 he did not take all other reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that the horse was given a full opportunity to achieve the best possible position. That is not of course and as we emphasise the end of the matter as we considered and as is set out below.

Written reasons following enquiries (A. McCarthy, F. Marsh) heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Thursday 25 March 2021

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 30/03/2021 @ 13:00:00 Adrian McCarthy The independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) convened on Thursday 25 March to consider whether Mr Adrian McCarthy was in breach of Rule (K)49 of the Rules of Racing.

1. On the 25 March 2021 the above Panel convened to consider whether the above named, a licensed professional flat Jockey, was/is in breach of the above Rule in that he failed to ensure that on the 15 October 2020 when he rode FAREGAAN in the 20.30 at Chelmsford Racecourse that no banned substance was present in his body. In fact, after analysis of a sample taken from him, a high concentration of metabolites of cocaine was found.

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