League Notes: Rugby Players Undergoing HIA Will Stay Off Pitch For At Least 10 Minutes
Players undergoing a head injury assessment will not be allowed to return to a game for 10 minutes "under an amendment to the law announced by World Rugby." At present, there is no set time for players to undergo an off-field screening for an HIA, with the latest data showing that a player is off the field "for a shade over seven minutes." The new amendment, which pertains to 22 "elite adult rugby competitions," will come into effect globally on Aug. 26 (IRISH TIMES, 8/17).
An athletics disciplinary tribunal upheld on Thursday a ban on former Namibian sprinter and IAAF Council member Frankie Fredericks "pending an investigation into potential ethics violations." Fredericks, a multiple-time Olympic sprint Silver Medalist, "was temporarily banned in July." He is being investigated by the Athletics Integrity Unit over payments he received from Papa Massata Diack, the son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack (REUTERS, 8/17).
The latest status report by the Committee of Administrators not only questioned the BCCI’s "efforts and intentions" in implementing the Indian Supreme Court-ordered reforms but also sought directions to remove the current office-bearers for "flouting the orders with impunity." The fifth status report, submitted on Wednesday by COA members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, "pulled no punches" in stating that the BCCI and its affiliated associations were "not interested in implementing any of the reforms because of vested interests and had been in contempt of the SC" (THE HINDU, 8/16).