The World Surf League has announced a partnership with the International Surfing Association to adopt a new anti-doping program that will comply with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code. The decision comes just one year before professional surfing makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Officials are on high alert for potential match-fixing at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. It seems with the growth in popularity the women’s league has seen in recent years, comes more attention from betters. Games in this year’s tournament are reportedly drawing millions of dollars in bets, making it a lucrative target for fixers worldwide.
Four professional cyclists were recently suspended for suspected doping violations, according to the International Cycling Union (UCI). The suspensions come as part of the ongoing “Operation Aderlass” investigation, an inquiry led by Austrian authorities focusing on blood doping rings.
In recent months, police raids in Germany and Austria led to the arrest of a surprising number of athletes on suspicion of participating in blood doping. However, many do not realize that the United States has no laws on the books that specifically criminalize doping in sport.
Following a recent ruling in Germany that eased restrictions on how athletes can market themselves during the Olympics, athletes gathered in Norway to advocate for more changes to the International Olympic Committee's "Rule 40."
Over the last several years, esports have exploded in popularity – reaching audiences as large as many professional sports. Fans can watch esport tournaments live, or more often through a streaming service like Twitch. More than 80 million people tuned in to view the League of Legends World Championship in 2017. The NBA has even launched its own basketball esport league, NBA 2K.
Regular readers of this blog may remember an earlier post where we mentioned the lack of international oversight in match-fixing. However, on May 16, 2019, wheels were set in motion to achieve just that.