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Volume 6 No. 212

Leagues and Governing Bodies

A report, released on Tuesday by Ernst & Young, has analyzed the global value of the FIA Formula E Championship, revealing that the new zero emission race series will help contribute to the additional sale of 77 million electric vehicles worldwide over the next 25 years. The paper studied the impact of Formula E and its contribution to removing the current barriers affecting the EV market -- such as pricing and technology -- and quantifying that in terms of the number of attributed EV sales. As a result of this increase in sales, together with the presence of Formula E in each of its host cities, the report identified how this will lead to tangible local and global economic, social and environmental benefits. It also quantified how the additional sale of 77 million EVs would lead to €142M ($191M) extra worldwide sales for the car industry and the creation of 42,000 permanent jobs (based on a career duration of 40 years). From an environmental impact, this would lead to the saving of four billion oil barrels -- the equivalent of Japan's current consumption over 2.5 years, together with the prevention of 900 million tonnes of CO2 -- comparable to Italy's current annual emissions over two years (Formula E).

Jamaica's most senior drug tester said the country's recent failed drugs tests may be just "the tip of the iceberg," according to the London GUARDIAN. Five athletes who competed at the 2012 London Olympics "have since tested positive," including the former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and the Olympic 4x100m Silver Medalist Sherone Simpson. Jamaica drug tester Dr. Paul Wright said, "The results are not good. This year alone the results really point the finger. Remember, all of these results except one were caught by JADCO. The problem is these people were tested positive in competition. What that means is months before you know the date of the test and the approximate time of the test." Jamaican Olympic Association President Mike Fennell "rejected Wright's comments," saying he was "being dramatic." Fennell added, "I think that's massively overstating it. There's no evidence to suggest that it's the tip of the iceberg" (GUARDIAN, 11/12).

WADA BOSS SPEAKS OUT: The BBC reported WADA President John Fahey said Jamaica has "lost its way" on drug testing for athletes. Fahey was "also critical of the attitude towards drug testing in Kenya, which has also had a number of recent failed tests." But he admitted, "There is no power whatsoever for WADA under our code to compel anyone to do certain things." WADA officials "are due to discuss their visit to Jamaica." They "could make a series of recommendations to improve the Caribbean island's anti-doping policies." One of those "will be for Jamaica's anti-doping team to be 'mentored' by a more successful agency." Fahey: "We have asked them to enter an international partnership. We've found that's been very effective in other struggling areas of anti-doping" (BBC, 11/12).

The three SANZAR countries "will meet in London on Friday to discuss the future of Super Rugby following South Africa's rejection of a proposed two-conference system, that would have seen Argentina join the competition," according to Bret Harris of THE AUSTRALIAN. SANZAR "must now reach a compromise for a new competition model, which will be a key component in the renegotiation of the Super Rugby broadcast agreement with News Corp Australia." SANZAR CEO Greg Peters said, "We are still in discussions with the three unions on what the future looks like. We are at an option stage, which will be further considered over the next two to three weeks with hopefully finding a resolution before the end of the year." Peters said that the two-conference system "was the only model which satisfied all three of SANZAR's design requirements." Asked whether SANZAR would consider the possibility of the sixth South African team playing in another conference, Peters said, "That has been discussed before. The big issue with that is if you relocate a team out of its own geography how do you create a community of interest around that team?" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/13).

Speaker of the Commons John Bercow has voiced “grave concerns” about a libel case being brought by an int'l football exec which "threatens to undermine three centuries of 'Parliamentary privilege,'" according to Jim Pickard of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Thailand FA General Secretary Worawi Makudi "is suing Lord Triesman, the former chairman of the Football Association." The peer "had accused him of corruption while giving evidence to MPs." Under Parliamentary privilege -- designed to encourage free speech in Westminster -- "anyone speaking in Parliament has legal immunity against offences including libel and contempt of court." Bercow said on Monday that "he had followed the issue very closely and the possible implications were of enormous concern." Bercow told the House of Commons, "I consider these matters to be of such import to this house and its members and for the protection of free speech in our proceedings, that written submissions have been made to the court on my behalf by Speaker’s Council" (FT, 11/12).

Drug Free Sport New Zealand "backed the decision" by the U.K. Anti-Doping agency to "prevent the Kiwis using a synthetic steroid on injured utility Thomas Leuluai." It is "entirely academic now, with Leuluai ruled out for the rest of the tournament, but the New Zealand camp had hoped to circumnavigate the UKAD decision to prohibit the use of prednisone by getting approval from Drug Free Sport NZ" (NZ HERALD, 11/12). ... The Delhi high court "will now hear on March 3 the matter concerning lifetime ban on ace shuttler Jwala Gutta by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for alleged indiscipline." A bench of justice V.K. Jain "posted the matter for March 3 while granting more time to BAI to file its counter to Jwala's plea against its decision to not allow her to participate in any international tournament in or outside India in view of the disciplinary committee's recommendation for life ban on her for alleged indiscipline" (PTI, 11/12). ... The Singapore Sports Council launched the Sports Excellence (Spex) Education Scheme and Sports Excellence Career Scheme on Tuesday, "putting in place a formalised system of support for athletes to cope with the demands of competing and working or studying at the same time" (STRAITS TIMES, 11/12). ... World sports leaders will meet in Johannesburg on Tuesday "to decide the future of the anti-doping battle." The doping police "will consider stricter punishments for transgressors, as the repercussions of the disgraced Tour de France hero's confession to using banned substances are still felt in the sports world" (AFP, 11/12).