IAAF re-testing strategy reveals 32 more athletes with ‘adverse findings’

The International Association of Athletics Federations has released a statement revealing their long-term storage and retesting strategy has led to disciplinary action against a further 28 athletes.

The news comes just days after German TV station ARD questioned the IAAF’s anti-doping efforts in a controversial documentary alleging widespread doping between 2001 and 2012.

The IAAF embarked on its long-term storage and retesting strategy in 2005, starting with the storage of samples from that year’s IAAF World Championships in Helsinki. Thanks to advancements in technology this long-term storage and re-analysis process has played a key role in detecting previously untraceable substances.

Following the World Anti-Doping Code's provision to extend the period during which samples can be tested from eight to 10 years, the IAAF made a second reanalysis of the Helsinki '05 and Osaka '07 tests, which has brought about the revelation.

For legal reasons the IAAF has not released any details pertaining to the 32 athletes, but has confirmed that the majority are retired and no one involved will be competing in Beijing.

Martial Saugy, Associate Professor, PhD, Life Sciences, and Director of LAD said, ‘We are at the cutting edge of the fight against doping. In our 10-year partnership with the IAAF we have been using every scientific advance and legal opportunity at our disposal to catch the cheats. The IAAF and the IOC, working in cooperation with the LAD, clearly showed the way 10 years ago and other anti-doping organisations and sport federations, on WADA’s recommendation, are now considering or have started implementing such a retesting policy.’

The news has come after seven British athletes, including Mo Farah and Jo Pavey, agreed to have the results of their blood tests made public.