The World Championships in Athletics will be subject to the most comprehensive anti-doping program ever conducted by the IAAF – including both drug testing and educational activities. More than 1000 samples will be collected, both before and during the competition in Germany.
Approximately 600 blood samples will be taken in Berlin prior to the championships and another 400 blood and urine samples taken during the competition itself with all samples being sent to the Cologne and Dresden WADA accredited laboratories. IAAF President Lamine Diack said that the Worlds are a chance to recognise the clean athletes.
â€œI would like to turn our attention back to the huge majority of honest athletes who will arrive at these championships and compete based on their own skill and years of hard work and sacrifice,â€ Diack said. â€œAll this anti-doping work is done to protect them, and so that in Berlin we can join together and celebrate their achievements. However for those athletes who still consider that they need to cheat to succeed both blood and urine samples collected from this event will be analysed and even stored by the IAAF for future analysis should new prohibited substances or methods become detectable.â€