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Volume 10 No. 25

Leagues and Governing Bodies

There were many subjects to address at the Spanish Basketball League's (ACB) general assembly, which lasted eight hours, according to González & Margalef of AS. The clubs "approved an operative plan through '17 that will generate an important change in the product in a global manner." The ACB said in a statement, "There will be special work on the system of competition. There will be a review of the rules of the game and the model for the broadcasting rights." The goal is to "approve a new league format that would be in effect" for the '14-15 season. The clubs also established a process to elect a new ACB president. Each team will have until the end of November to "present candidates and a commission will select at least three candidates to propose during an assembly" on Dec. 16. To be elected, "a candidate will need the support of 14 of the 18 ACB clubs." A new budget was also approved, and this "features a 10% increase following the revenue from a new sponsorship with banana company Plátano de Canarias." ACB side Gran Canaria President Joaquin Costa said, "It has been one of the most productive general assemblies I can remember" (AS, 11/13).

India Central Bureau of Investigation Dir Ranjit Sinha on Tuesday said that "there was nothing wrong in legalising betting in sports," according to the Indian BUSINESS STANDARD. Sinha said, "If the government could make provisions for voluntary disclosure of black money, then there should be no harm in legalizing betting." Responding to a query on betting in a panel discussion on ethics and integrity in sports and the role of CBI, Sinah "drew a comparison between legalising of betting and activities such as lotteries and casinos, which are legal (to some extent)." Stressing the need to "have stricter vigilance in these matters," Sinha asked, "Do we have the enforcement agencies to monitor such crimes?" (BUSINESS STANDARD, 11/13). Sinha said, "It is better to legalize it and earn some revenue rather than throwing up your hands." Cricketer Rahul Dravid said, "I think if the law enforcement authorities actually do feel that legalizing betting will lead to better governance and reduce corruption then I am all for it" (TNN, 11/13).

World Anti-Doping Agency Dir General David Howman said that its exec committee "expects to consider the report from a two-day inspection to Jamaica next week," according to the AP. Howman said that the audit report on gaps in Jamaica's testing of athletes "will likely be presented to WADA's board on the first day of its conference in South Africa next Tuesday." Howman said that his organization "also expects to meet Kenyan officials at the four-day conference in Johannesburg next week, with the East African country also under scrutiny." Howman said he was "content" with the process that was followed with WADA's inspection of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission last week, but "frustration" was "a good word" to describe WADA's feelings over Kenya's "delay in investigating a spike in positive doping tests among its athletes" (AP, 11/13).

FAILURE TO LAUNCH: In London, Marina Hyde wrote on the GUARDIAN's Talking Sport blog, "We have to ask, given that one calendar year ago, WADA was said to be 'frustrated' by Kenya's failure to investigate claims of drug use in long-distance runners." Twelve months later, on the eve of this week's WADA conference in Johannesburg, the agency's Africa office director declared it "very frustrated." Hyde added that "by my calculations, November 2014 will see the threat level upgraded to 'fairly ticked off,'" and November 2015 could see things get as draconian as "actually pretty batey now." The "snook-cocking has been flagrant." Not only did Kenya "fail to launch an investigation, but it did not even bother replying to WADA's letter recommending an investigation take place." WADA's visit there took place last week. According to reports, representatives of the agency "arrived on Monday night, then spent Tuesday having what can only have been a quick peek at the old testing operation, given that they nicked off on a flight first thing Wednesday morning." Jamaica senior drug tester Dr. Paul Wright said, "I have a personal problem in what you can do in 12 hours. They were only really here on Tuesday, and four hours of that was at a dinner function with the prime minister." That is "what a WADA 'extraordinary audit' looks like" (GUARDIAN, 11/13).

NEW MEASURES FOR WORLD CUP: The AP reported a new urine test "designed to catch athletes who take steroids" will be introduced by WADA next year and "used at the World Cup in Brazil." WADA called it "the twin" of the blood profiling currently used in the athletes' biological passport system. It will "allow anti-doping authorities to build a profile of a person's steroid levels from urine samples and to identify any changes -- in a similar way that changes in blood may indicate doping." WADA said Tuesday the new technique will particularly target testosterone and will "complement" the biological passport (AP, 11/13).

CRICKETERS IN FAVOR: Former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid "favoured sportspersons signing the 'whereabout' clause of anti-doping agency WADA as this would reduce chances of corrupt practices in the game." Under this agreement, a player "has to sign an agreement" with WADA to "provide information about their exact location as well as engagements for three months in advance." Cricketers, who were supported by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, "had refused to sign it saying it violated their privacy" (PTI, 11/12).

The Int'l Ski Federation (FIS) is putting the logistics of the Federation into the hands of Conceptum Sport Logistics. Collaboration with the Frankfurt-based logistics company is scheduled for the following years and received the official stamp of approval at the Int'l Federation Forum. The contract also includes a recommendation to more than 150 National Ski Associations to use CSL for their logistics (CSL). ... Australian Football League Essendon Chair Paul Little "has rubbished reports some players could be facing infraction notices from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and possible suspensions." Little: "In discussions we've had with the various authorities that are at the center of this issue, they've given me a level of confidence that it is unlikely. People who continually bring it up and fan the flames, that's clearly driven by other motives" (AAP, 11/13). ... Super overs and colored creases "are to be introduced to the Friends Life T20 from next season" in an England and Wales Cricket Board bid to make the game more viewer friendly. Other changes to regulations for next season "include more points on offer for drawn matches in the LV= County Championship." Five points will be now be secured for a draw, up from three, in an effort "to provide greater reward for hard-fought draws and matches where bad weather has affected the outcome" (LONDON TIMES, 11/13). ... The Japanese baseball players association said Tuesday that "it will decide on whether to accept revisions to the current posting system that allows Japanese players ineligible for free agency to move to the majors on Wednesday" (KYODO, 11/12).