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UK Athletics and UK Anti-Doping representatives questioned on blood doping

21 January 2016

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee takes evidence from UK Athletics Chairman and UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive as part of its inquiry into blood doping (the banned but difficult to detect practice of drawing and then replacing the athlete's own blood to enhance performance) in athletics.

Witnesses

Tuesday 26 January 2016, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 10.15am

  • Mr Ed Warner, Chairman, UK Athletics

At 11.15am

  • Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive, UK Anti-Doping

Inquiry background

In August 2015, the Sunday Times published a series of articles commenting on a database of test results from athletes taken between 2001 and 2012, which its experts argued showed abnormal results for a number of endurance runners. The Committee has explored the allegations with the scientists and with Lord Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The World Anti-Doping Agency asked an Independent Commission to investigate. A report was published in November 2015, which found there was systemic corruption with Russian Athletics. This led to Russian athletes being banned from international competitions.

The Chief Investigator Richard Pound has now published his second report which has revealed evidence of the complete breakdown of governance structures and lack of accountability within the IAAF.

In addition to this, UK Athletics has published its 'Clean Athletics Manifesto' to provoke debate about how to deal with doping, including a proposal to expunge all world records.

Focus of the session

The Committee will take evidence from both the UK Anti-Doping Agency and UK Athletics on the recommendations made in the manifesto as well as on the current state of governance in tackling doping in athletics.

Further information

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