China, US among most tested in athletics anti-doping programme

February 27th, 2009 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Monte Carlo, Feb 27(DPA) China and the United States were among the most tested nations under the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) anti-doping programme in 2008, according to figures released by athletics’ ruling body.
Russia, Belarus and Jamaica were also in the IAAF’s top five countries for out-of competition testing last year. IAAF President Lamine Diack said Thursday that attention had already shifted to nations participating in this summer’s World Championships in Berlin.

“Our doping control programme for Berlin will the biggest yet put in place by the IAAF,” he said. “We will have increased intelligent testing in the out-of-competition period leading up to the Championships, better testing during the Championships itself, and will store samples after the event for future analysis.”

During the competition itself, the IAAF again plans over 1,000 blood and urine doping controls, which is well in excess of the approximately 700 tests conducted on track and field competitors during the Beijing Olympic Games.

The IAAF will also begin implementing Biological Passports (both blood and urine).

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