IAAF blood tests every accredited athlete at Daegu 2011 World Championships
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
TAMPA/DAEGU: The IAAF has accomplished its goal of blood testing every single accredited athlete at the IAAF World Championships taking place in Daegu, South Korea.
The testing team got started on August 18 and over the 17 day period of the championships a total of 1848 pre-competition blood samples were collected one from each of the accredited athletes at the meet.
In a statement IAAF chief Lamine Diack said: “We are absolutely delighted at the success of this project.
“It was certainly an ambitious programme but, with incredible hard work from our team, and with the remarkable co-operation of all the athletes and support personnel, a fantastic milestone has been achieved.
“The IAAF is proud of its total commitment to the fight against doping in Athletics and this initiative will stand us in very good stead as we re-double our efforts going forward”.
The IAAF is pursuing the goal of keeping the playing fields equal and blood and urine analysis is part of the development of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP).
The local organizing committee and the Korean Antidoping Agency were in charge of collecting the blood samples and then they are being analyzed at the Lausanne WADA accredited anti-doping laboratory.
Blood testing has been run in tandem with urine testing which was carried out through the Seoul WADA accredited laboratory.
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