League Notes: U.K. Players Want Lighter Penalties For Recreational Drugs
A union representing British sportsmen and women "has launched legal action in Switzerland to try to ensure more sympathetic treatment for athletes caught using recreational drugs." The Professional Players Federation, which has more than 15,000 members across football, golf, rugby union and cricket, "is challenging moves by the World Anti-Doping Agency to punish offenders in the same way, irrespective of whether they had used performance-enhancing or recreational drugs." The PPF said that "the focus should be on trying to help sports stars who take drugs like cocaine and cannabis" (REUTERS, 11/5). ... Sportradar is to monitor cricket tournaments in Australia for signs of betting-related corruption and fraudulent activity. The company has announced Cricket Australia as its latest integrity partner as part of an agreement under which it will monitor the latter’s Ryobi Cup, BUPA Sheffield Shield and KFC Big Bash T20 League competitions (Sportradar). ... South Korea "has been elected as an Asian representative on the world's top anti-sports doping body." South Korea "will return as a continental representative on the Foundation Board at the World Anti-Doping Agency" (YONHAP, 11/5). ... Italian motorcycle brand Aprilia "will start competing again in the MotoGP Championship in 2016 after last racing in that category in 2004" (REUTERS, 11/5). ... A Delhi police official said that the Central Bureau of Investigation has recently dispatched letters rogatory to U.K.-based Betfair.com "to probe into money trail in Indian Premier League match fixing-cum-betting case" (DECCAN HERALD, 11/4).