The German Hockey League (DEL) revealed that all 14 clubs "have submitted their license application for the '13-14 season," according to the SID. The corresponding documents and security deposit of €100,000 ($133,000) "have been submitted on time by all clubs." Even the financially struggling Dusseldorf EG "has submitted its application." However, the club still needs about €2M ($2.7M) to cover its payroll for the '13-14 season of about €4M ($5.3M). The next step for the clubs "is to submit complete documents for the licensing process by May 24." The league's 20th anniversary season will start on Sept. 13 and ends with a possible finals game seven on April 30, 2014 (SID, 2/18).
Leagues and Governing Bodies
A Chinese official said that the country has planned to investigate an allegation that 99% of illegal substances come from the country, "but remains doubtful" of the World Anti-Doping Agency's statistics, according to XINHUA. China's move came as a result of a "striking comment" from WADA Dir General David Howman, who told reporters that "99% of the raw materials that are used through the Internet to make up in your kitchen or your backyard laboratory are emanating from China." China's anti-doping chief Jiang Zhixue said, "We are shocked at Mr. Howman's comment. We are wondering where this 99% came from and what is his evidence. We have asked for a more detailed explanation from WADA" (XINHUA, 2/19).
A routine audit of corporate bookmaker accounts by Racing Victoria last year resulted in fines being imposed on three Victorian riders on Tuesday, as jockeys around Australia were "again reminded of the pitfalls of wagering on thoroughbred races in the wake of the Damien Oliver scandal," according to Michael Sharkie of THE AGE. A handful of bets placed by jockeys Michelle Payne, Anthony Darmanin and Michael Walker on races in which they were not riding breached Australian Rule of Racing 83C, which prohibits jockeys from "betting on or facilitating bets in any thoroughbred races." Each jockey was fined A$1,000 ($1,035) by Racing Victoria stewards. Payne's wagers involved three racing and sports multi-bets placed with Sportsbet in '11, including two involving So You Think to win the Tatts Cup in Ireland, for bets totaling A$450. Darmanin's wagers "were jockeys-challenge bet types, including one placed on Ian Toward at a Townsville meeting" (THE AGE, 2/20).
The Int'l Tennis Federation and anti-doping agencies "have stepped up efforts to expose any tennis players with links to a notorious Spanish doctor who was given a life ban from all sport for his role in the Lance Armstrong scandal," according to Jacquelin Magnay of the London TELEGRAPH. Dr. Luis García del Moral is based in Valencia, Spain and "had a 15-year association with tennis players from the nearby TenisVal Academy." The ITF "was so concerned about Del Moral’s alleged links to tennis players that it sent a message to all tennis professionals telling them not to work with him." But anti-doping bodies remain concerned that "some players may be continuing to work with Del Moral despite the warning and have therefore increased the level of testing undergone by those under suspicion." In a further measure, former and current tennis players from the TenisVal Academy "have been questioned by the ITF over their work with Del Moral in the past" (TELEGRAPH, 2/18).
The Thai FA has begun an investigation into claims that "match fixers attempted to rig the result" of November's FA Cup final, according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. Japanese official Yoshida Toshimitsu was in charge for Buriram United's 2-1 win over Army United and reported to the Asian Football Confederation that he was "offered money to favour one of the two teams." Thai FA President and FIFA exec committee member Worawi Makudi said that he would inform FIFA and Interpol of the allegations (REUTERS, 2/19).
The Afghanistan Cricket Board is keen that the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the int'l community in its country "add to the existing resources and provide a thrust to the development of the game." The ACB "has identified coaching, umpiring and scoring as the core aspects for immediate attention and asked the BCCI to make a significant contribution on these areas" (THE HINDU, 2/18). ... Former world marathon record holder, Paul Tergat, claimed on Monday that "doping among Kenyan runners is isolated as opposed to being the widespread problem as alleged." He "called for accusations levelled against the country's runners to be treated as individual cases while refuting claims made by retired three-time world steeplechase champion Moses Kiptanui last week." Kiptanui claimed last week that "use of banned substances was rampant among the country's distance runners" (XINHUA, 2/18).