Dear readers and subscribers,
the judgement by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is the top sporting news story of the day. In a crushing blow for Vladimir Putin's old-style propaganda system and its systematic doping of young athletes, figure skater Kamila Valieva has been handed a four-year suspension for her positive test in the run-up to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Craig Lord summarises the CAS award for THE INQUISITOR:
You will of course also find the complete CAS statement there.
On the website of THE INQUISITOR, we've published an exclusive revelation by Lúcio de Castro on the machinations of the Brazilian Football Association CBF.
Allegations of sexual and moral harassment. A Big Brother setup in the president's office with cameras spying on employees, directors, media and coaches. The heavy presence of plainclothes armed police on election day to intimidate political opponents. A mafia movie? No. Welcome to the CBF.
At the weekend, we also described the latest absurd developments from the wonder world of the integrity wizards of international swimming.
Also, always worth a very thorough read if you haven't already: The full verdict in the appeal of convicted Olympic offender Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
Stay curious. Expect amazing @ THE INQUISITOR and SPORT & POLITICS.