Track & Field

Athletes respond to Mo’s missed tests and whereabouts policy

A number of athletes have come out in response to Mo Farah’s missed drugs test and on the WADA whereabouts programme that must be adhered to.

Kelly Sotherton, Olympic bronze medallist in the heptathlon in 2004, came out in strong defence of Farah and said that “the media has just cast a big suspicion of doubt over one (of) our biggest sports stars. If true show me the evidence, if not stop ruining a life.”

Former British sprinter Craig Pickering was sympathetic towards the situation and said that missing tests doesn’t mean that you are doping. “But it happens, and it doesn’t mean doping,” said Pickering who never missed a test. Michael Rimmer was also strong in the defence of missing tests. The 800m star has missed tests in the past but it was unintentional and had also requested to be tested more just to show that he was clean. He was also tested more than Justin Gatlin last year.

Belgian mile record holder Pieter-Jan Hannes shed some light on the whereabouts process saying it was not hard to keep up to speed with it. There are challenges but he said “let’s face it, it’s harder to log in on Facebook.” The athletes are accountable to a three-strike rule under the whereabouts procedure where they must account for an hour of their day 24/7 and 365 days of the year.

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