Sports Law (5 - 19 February)

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Warning that PE teachers found selling pupils supplements ‘might encourage doping’

TES – 15 February

New research from Leeds Beckett University, which explores ‘schoolboy supplement use’ has revealed that PE teachers who sell pupils weight-gaining supplements create ‘a climate that encourages doping’. The study also demonstrated a desire for schools to provide workshops and education on supplements and banned substances.

Japan short track skater sent home from Games for failed test

Reuters – 13 February

Kei Saito, a Japanese speed skater, is the first to fail a drugs test at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The masking agent acetazolamide was detected, and Saito has been sent home from the Games: The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced a final ruling would be given when the Games have finished.

CAS dismisses appeal by 47 Russian athletes and coaches against Olympics ban

TASS – 9 February

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeals of 47 Russian athletes and coaches following a ban they received for the Winter Olympic Games 2018 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Fifteen athletes and coaches who were originally given lifetime bans have now only been banned from the 2018 Games as a result of the CAS appeal.

Muhammad Ali: British boxer banned for two years after positive test

BBC Sport – 6 February

Following a provisional suspension in October 2017, 21-year-old flyweight Muhammed Ali, has been banned from boxing for two years. The flyweight tested positive for Trenbolone, an anabolic steroid, when he was competing in Morocco last year. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has acknowledged that the boxer did not intentionally cheat.

Larry Nassar sentenced to up to 125 years in jail in latest sexual abuse case

The Guardian – 5 February

Larry Nassar, paedophile and former doctor has been jailed for up to 125 years, after over 260 women and girls came forward to say they were assaulted by him. Nassar, who previously worked for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics preyed on young Olympians as far back as the 1990s. The leader and board members of USA Gymnastics, and Michigan State’s president and athletic director have all resigned over the scandal.

Transfer deadline day: Premier League clubs spend record £150m

BBC Sport – 1 February

A record £150 million was spent on January transfer day (31 January 2018) by Premier League clubs. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal for £56 million, which is a club record and the most expensive transfer on the day. The entire month was a record one, according to Deloitte's Sports Business Group, who reported an overall outlay total of £430 million.

Concern raised over new doping control bottles, WADA says

Reuters – 29 January

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has launched an investigation into the new doping security bottles, introduced in September 2017, after it was revealed that they can be manually opened ‘upon freezing’, thus compromising the integrity of the contents. The need for new bottles became clear after it was revealed that Russian athletes’ samples were swapped in 2014.

IOC issues ‘conduct guidelines’ for ‘Olympic athlete from Russia’ delegation

Olympic – 26 January

‘Conduct Guidelines’ for the ‘Olympic Athlete from Russia’ team have been issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. The guidelines clarify the current IOC and POCOG and emphasise elements that relate to Russia’s original ban.

CAS prepares to open two temporary offices for the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

Law in Sport – 26 January

Law in Sport has published a press release revealing that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will be opening two temporary offices at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. There will be a CAS Ad Hoc Division and a CAS Anti-Doping Division: the former will deal with any legal disputes whilst the games are underway, and the latter will deal with any doping incidents.


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