Probe into three drug tests at world champs

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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

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