SBD Global/July 8, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

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  • Australian Institute of Sport Provides Organizations With New Doping Framework

    The Australian Football League and National Rugby League's supplement scandals "have prompted the Australian Institute of Sport to provide sporting organisations with a new sports supplement framework," according to the AAP. The AIS said that the new guidelines, "which are non-binding, will provide organisations with information they can follow to 'keep integrity in their own sports supplements programs.'" AIS Head of Nutrition Louise Burke said that the framework "provided codes with information on provision of supplements, education on the classification system, documented research on available supplements, and governance." Burke: "The use of supplements and sports foods by athletes is a balance between potential benefits and risks" (AAP, 7/7).

    AFL, UNION SHOW SUPPORT: In Melbourne, Caroline Wilson reported the AFL "has thrown its unequivocal support behind its medical director Peter Harcourt, despite being unaware he had been filmed as the keynote speaker at a Zurich conference on drugs in sport last November." Harcourt "has also been given the backing of the AFL Players Association, despite the misgivings of some individual footballers that the long-serving league doctor had been indiscreet in making comments about retiring repeat illegal drug offenders" (THE AGE, 7/7)

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  • National Rugby League To Publicly Name Players Involved In Betting This Week

    The National Rugby League "has informed players at the centre of the ongoing betting investigation that they will be both publicly named and suspended, most likely by the end of this week," according to Brent Read of NEWS LIMITED. In a "sign of how serious the NRL is taking the issue," the players -- including at least one prominent first grader -- "were told of their likely fate last week." It was unclear on Monday night "whether officials also caught out placing bets on games would face a similar fate given they are not NRL employees and are instead contracted to their clubs." The players, however, "are contracted to the NRL and as such, are bound by the game’s code of conduct." The code "strictly states that players are forbidden from betting on games regardless of whether it involves their club or not." Under the code, the NRL "has the ability to issue a series of sanctions ranging from warning letters to suspensions." While the NRL "has stressed the bets in most cases are for minor amounts, it appears the code has opted to take a zero tolerance approach to one of the most contentious issues in sport" (NEWS LIMITED, 7/8).

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  • Australia, New Zealand Urge SANZAR To Protect Players From New Asian Side

    Australia and New Zealand "are looking to SANZAR to protect their talent from poachers building a new 18th team in the expanded Super Rugby competition," according to Bret Harris of THE AUSTRALIAN. Singapore and Japan "are competing to enter the competition in 2016." Any Asian side "would have significant financial resources to draw upon, which some comparing a potential Singapore franchise to being 'the Toulon of Asia.'" The Australian Rugby Union and New Zealand Rugby Union "have policies which prohibit the selection of overseas-based players for the Wallabies and All Blacks respectively and they do not want their top players heading to the Asia-based team." They "will be looking to SANZAR to design rules that would restrict the 18th team from recruiting leading Australian and New Zealand players" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 7/8).

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  • Spain's Center For Sociological Investigations Shows Citizens' Level Of Interest In Sports

    Spain's Center for Sociological Investigations (CIS) conducted a survey showing that 18.2% of Spanish people "indicated that they do not take pride when a Spanish athlete or national team performs well in an athletic competition," according to EL PERIODICO. On the other hand, eight out of 10 (79.8%) do take pride in these accomplishments. The CIS showed that more than half of those surveyed are "interested in sports in all forms, whether they participate in them or not." Football (48%) is the sport that draws the most interest, followed by tennis (21.6%), basketball (17.1%) and motorcycling (10.5%). Despite the interest, 83.6% admitted "not attending any sporting events." Two out of three survey participants (67.4%) said that they follow a specific football team. The results of the survey showed that Real Madrid has the most fans (37.9%), followed by Barcelona (25.4%), Atlético (6.1%) and Valencia (3.5%). The majority of people, however, do not pay to watch matches on TV (83.9%), attend games (67.4%) or travel to other cities (85.3%) or other countries (96.6%) to watch matches (EL PERIODICO, 7/7).

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  • League Notes: UCI Renews Licenses Of Tour Down Under, E3 Harelbeke Until '16

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