League Notes: Godolphin Doping Trainer Al Zarooni Appeals Eight-Year Ban
Horse trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has lodged an appeal against the severity of his ban "following horse racing's biggest ever doping scandal." News Al Zarooni "is set to launch an appeal against his eight-year ban will be the last thing his former boss Sheikh Mohammad wanted to hear." Everything the Sheikh and his Godolphin staff have done since the drugs scandal at their stable erupted "has been geared at a fast resolution to an extremely embarrassing situation." Zarooni's appeal, for which no date has yet been set, "will mean the scandal remains in the headlines" (London DAILY MAIL, 5/7). ... Two French Senators, Jean-Jacques Lozach and Bernard Saugey, will visit Madrid Thursday and Friday to compile information about Spain's anti-doping battle, according to AS. Lozach and Saugey belong to the Commission of Investigation About the Efficiency of the Fight Against Doping, created in the French Senate on Feb. 20. The two will attend a Spanish Congress meeting regarding the country's new Anti-doping Law and will also meet with Spanish Education, Culture and Sports Minister José Ignacio Wert. (AS, 5/7). ... A miffed Federation of Int'l Cricketers Association on Tuesday "demanded an Int'l Cricket Council ethics committee enquiry" into the Board of Control for Cricket in India-backed L. Sivaramakrishnan’s appointment as a players’ representative in the governing body, saying "captains could have been forced to vote against incumbent Tim May" (PTI, 5/7). ... FIFA VP from Asia Ali Bin Al Hussein "has supported India's bid" to host the U17 World Cup in '17 (THE HINDU, 5/7).