Drug testing works - IAAF
15 July 2013, 14:12
Paris - Athletics' world governing body on Monday said that the
anti-doping system was working, after top sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa
Powell returned positive tests, sending shockwaves through the sport.
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said it had
an "unwavering" commitment to root out drug cheats, as it had a duty to
the majority of athletes who believed in clean competition.
for them that we have built a programme that is well-resourced,
far-reaching and sophisticated," the IAAF said in an emailed statement.
fact that we are able to detect and remove from the sport athletes who
have breached our anti-doping rules should be seen in this context.
credibility of our anti-doping programme, and the sport of athletics,
is enhanced, not diminished, each time we are able to uncover a new case
and we have the committed support of every athlete, coach or official
who believes in clean sport."
Gay and Powell - two of the four
fastest men in history - on Sunday both confirmed separately that they
had tested positive for a banned substance.
US sprinter Gay, the
2007 100m world champion and the fastest man in the world this year, and
Powell, a former world record holder in the straight sprint, will now
not compete in next month's athletics world championships in Moscow.
who is awaiting the results of his B sample after a banned stimulant
was detected, said he "never knowingly or wilfully" taken any banned
Powell, meanwhile, was reportedly one of five athletes
who failed drug tests at Jamaica's national trials last month in