Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The number of anti-doping tests at the South East Asian (SEA) Games Kuala Lumpur, which takes place 19-30 August, will exceed the 600-plus tests taken at the 2015 SEA Games Singapore, organisers have told Bernama. Over 4,000 athletes from 11 countries will be tested, as Malaysia is hosting 38 sports and 404 events compared to 36 sports and 402 events in Singapore. All medal winners will be tested for prohibited substances, however organisers did not put a final figure on the number of tests that would be carried out.
• The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has asked Nigerian triple jumper Tosin Oke to resubmit allegations originally made in 2015 that funding was being withheld from Nigerian athletes, reports the BBC. The allegations, which include accusations of mismanagement and lax doping controls, are denied by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).
• A number of U20 and U18 athletes have been banned for doping by Athletics South Africa (ASA), reports the Sunday Times. The athletes blamed the positive tests on supplements, reports the South African newspaper. ASA apparently confirmed the positives in a circular, however the information was not in any of the circulars currently published on its internet site.
• Swimming coach Romain Barnier is to appeal a six-month ban issued by the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) in July for interfering with sample collection, reports L’Equipe. His appeal will be heard on 23 August.
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