Bluestone Round up: Ethics in sport – 8 November 2012

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Australia

The Melbourne Football Club is facing growing scrutiny as the AFL investigates evidence that key figures in the club construed to fix or ‘tank’ matches during the latter half of 2009 to ensure the priority draft pick.    [ Match-fixing ]
http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/demons-shock–awful-20121102-28ppz.html

 

While all eyes are on the Spring Racing Carnival this week, the racing industry continues to be examined with several jockeys under investigation for illegal practices, including 2012 Derby winner Damien Oliver, who is facing allegations of illegal betting.   [ Match-fixing ]
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/editorial/lets-clean-up-racing-and-may-the-best-horse-win-20121103-28qxd.html

 

Not so flattering Images of the culture and antics of race-goers at the Melbourne Cup have hit the internet globally.   [ Culture ]
http://www.theage.com.au/sport/horseracing/snaps-of-sozzled-and-sorry-go-global-as-aussies-drink-the-cup-dry-20121107-28wxe.html

 

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Americas

Chief Executive of the New York Road Runners Mary Wittenberg, is facing criticism for her handling of the late cancellation of the New York City Marathon due to Hurricane Sandy. Deemed a lucrative organization, through sponsorship, television broadcast rights and entrants fees, there is speculation about the legal and moral obligations of what happens to these funds as the event didn’t take place    [ Ethics ]
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/07/sports/hostility-lingers-over-handling-of-new-york-city-marathons-cancellation.html?ref=sports&_r=0

 

Gunnar Sandberg, a former high school pitcher in baseball, is still feeling the ill effects of a line drive two years ago that left him initially in a medically induced coma. There are growing calls that all levels of baseball have a duty of care, to vulnerable pitchers, to introduce helmets, following two recent incidents.    [ Well-being ]
http://www.sfgate.com/preps/article/Trying-to-protect-vulnerable-pitchers-4010947.php

 

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Asia

Uzbekistani wrestler Sosian Tigiev was stripped of his London Olympic Games bronze medal following a positive test for banned stimulant methylhexaneamine    [ Drugs in Sport ]
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/sports/2012-11/08/content_15891235.htm

 

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Europe

International Rugby Board regulations require clubs to release players for major internationals such as the forthcoming 2015 World Cup in England. But the practice of some European clubs, offering lucrative contract incentives to players to ignore Test calls, could prevent internationals from cash strapped Pacific nations, such as Fiji, participating.    [ Fairness ]
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/news-comment/blackmail-threat-to-rugby-world-cup-clubs-pay-players-not-to-appear-8282961.html

 

The Chief Executive of Rugby Football Union Ian Ritchie has called for more on-field technology to help referees, in the wake of the Mark Clattenburg incident in which Clattenburg was accused of alleged racist remarks and reported to the Football Association of Chelsea.    [ Racism ]
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/nov/06/footballers-behave-better-referee-mics

 

A former team-mate of Lance Armstrong, South African cyclist David George, has tested positive for blood-boosting EPO. He has been provisionally suspended and faces a doping tribunal.   [ Drugs in Sport ]
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/others/cycling-former-teammate-of-lance-armstrong-tests-positive-for-epo-8289632.html

 

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