Probe into three drug tests at world champs
THE independent organisation that looks after anti-doping in athletics will investigate three adverse testing results out of thousands conducted during the World Championships held in London earlier this month – however, none of the anomalies belonged to medal winners.
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) came into operation in April and handles aspects related to misconduct within the sport, replacing the governing body’s (IAAF) former anti-doping department.
Part of the AIU’s remit is to restore trust in athletics following the revelations from an independent report in 2015 about state-sponsored doping in Russia, which has left the country still banned from the sport.
A number of medals were awarded in London to competitors who had been upgraded from previous results, due to the re-testing of samples and subsequent discovery of doping violations in athletes from Russia and other nations.
However, the AIU said that none of the adverse results from the London testing programme belonged to athletes who won medals at the event.
“The AIU will not make any further comment at this stage, but in all cases will publicly disclose appropriate details at relevant points of the disciplinary process,” the AIU said in a statement. – Reuters