SBD Global/April 21, 2017/Leagues and Governing Bodies

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  • Netball Unrest Improving Harby-Williams' Re-Election Chances Ahead Of AGM

    The "dramatic public airing of netball's dirty laundry" is believed to have "enhanced the board re-election prospects" of the players' preferred candidate, Kathryn Harby-Williams, just a week after the former national captain was "rated no chance of retaining her director's chair," according to Linda Pearce of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Last Thursday's "dumping" of Anne-Marie Corboy at a special general meeting called by the member associations was also "pivotal," in that it increased the number of vacancies on the eight-person board from two to three. Members of the Australian Netball Players' Association have "threatened to take industrial action" at this weekend's round of Super Netball matches, form a rebel competition, seek releases from their club contracts, run former players to challenge state presidents and boycott Diamonds games for the rest of the year unless the member organizations re-elect Harby-Williams. It is understood that Queensland and NSW remain committed to their original course, which is "widely considered part of a power play to gain board control and return influence to the states." After an "unprecedented flurry of controversy in recent days," one close observer estimated Harby-Williams' re-election chances to now be 50-50, "up from zero last week" (SMH, 4/20).

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  • British Cycling Announces Independent Review Into Medical Practices

    British Cycling announced an "independent review into its medical practices" after it was criticized as part of an anti-doping investigation, according to the BBC. In March, MPs heard a doctor who received a "mystery package" for Bradley Wiggins in '11 "had no record of his medical treatment at the time." British Cycling asked English Institute for Sport Dir of Medical Services Rod Jaques to "conduct a review." He is expected to report in June. Jacques "has already started work and will examine the medical and physiotherapy teams' practices." He will carry out confidential interviews with staff and "look at resources, management and record-keeping" (BBC, 4/20).

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  • League Notes: Sharapova To Learn French Open Eligibility On May 15

    Maria Sharapova will learn on May 15 whether she can compete at the French Open after her drugs ban, French tennis officials said Thursday, "insisting the absence of pregnant Serena Williams would have no bearing on their decision." Two-time Roland Garros champion Sharapova "controversially returns next week from a 15-month drugs ban" at the Women's Tennis Association Stuttgart Grand Prix. French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli said last month that the organization "faced a moral dilemma" and "hinted he was against it" (AFP, 4/20).

    Alcohol consumption has been officially banned in MotoGP since '04 but organizers are "planning a fresh way to guarantee the safety of their racers by implementing random breathalyzer tests on race weekends." The FIM approved the '17 medical code that will select three participants for tests without prior notification. A result of 0.10 grams of alcohol per liter of blood is the "upper limit" (MARCA, 4/20).

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