Bri­tish anti-dop­ers con­demn leaks to me­dia

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Bri­tish anti-dop­ing au­thor­i­ties con­demned the leak­ing of in­for­ma­tion “which only serves to fuel ru­mour and in­nu­endo” on Satur­day af­ter the lat­est me­dia re­port sur­round­ing ath­lete Mo Farah and his Amer­i­can coach Alberto Salazar.

“UKAD con­tin­ues to strongly con­demn the leak­ing of in­for­ma­tion which only serves to fuel ru­mour and in­nu­endo and has the po­ten­tial to un­der­mine the prin­ci­ple of con­fi­den­tial­ity which is cru­cial to ro­bust and thor­ough anti-dop­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” UK Anti-Dop­ing said in a state­ment.

UKAD was re­spond­ing to a re­port in the Daily Mail which said that Amer­i­can anti-dop­ing au­thor­i­ties have asked their Bri­tish coun­ter­parts to re­lease Farah’s drug-test sam­ples so they can be retested for blood-boost­ing sub­stances.

UK Anti-Dop­ing did not con­firm whether this was true or not but said “na­tional anti-dop­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions can quite le­git­i­mately dis­agree” over is­sues sur­round­ing test­ing and anal­y­sis and pointed out the prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with retest­ing.

“All Bri­tish elite ath­letes who are part of UKAD’s where­abouts, test­ing and/or re­anal­y­sis pro­gramme will be un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of UKAD even if they are over­seas train­ing or com­pet­ing,” it said.

“Their sam­ples will be tested and po­ten­tially re­anal­ysed by UKAD based on in­tel­li­gence re­ceived and im­prove­ments in de­tec­tion meth­ods. Each time a sam­ple is re­anal­ysed or sent to another lo­ca­tion, the amount con­tained within a sam­ple can be re­duced or has the po­ten­tial to de­grade which lim­its the pos­si­bil­ity to test again in the fu­ture.

“De­ci­sions as to test­ing and anal­y­sis there­fore re­quire care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, and na­tional an­ti­dop­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions can quite le­git­i­mately dis­agree in this re­gard,” the state­ment added.

“We do not com­ment on our test­ing strat­egy or on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, as has been made clear in re­cent in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Sta­tus is no bar­rier to thor­ough test­ing or po­ten­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions. UKAD treats all ath­letes in the same way.”

UKAD is con­duct­ing a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion with USADA into al­le­ga­tions, first aired in a 2015 TV doc­u­men­tary, that Salazar breached anti-dop­ing rules.

Last week, Bri­tish news­pa­per the Sun­day Times said it had ob­tained what it de­scribed as a leaked 2016 USADA re­port al­leg­ing that Salazar broke dop­ing rules to boost the per­for­mance of his ath­letes.

The Unites States Anti-Dop­ing Agency was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment.

Salazar and Farah, the dou­ble Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 me­tres cham­pion, deny any wrong­do­ing in terms of dop­ing.

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