Latest Athletics News (Week 1 August 2018)

Great Britain’s Blair faces four year ban

United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) sentenced javelin thrower, Joanna Blair to a four year ban after she tested positive for anabolic steroids. Banned till July 2021, the winner of the 2016 British title, had defended herself by saying that she had accidentally ingested the banned substance, metandienone from a supplement creatine that she had bought online. The 31 year old had received a provisional suspension in July 2017 after testing positive at an out of competition drug test on June 24, when she was representing GB at European Athletics Team Championships. While Blair admits that she was at fault to some extent, she also pointed out that she never received a formal education on anti-doping, and being a non-elite athlete, she was devoid of a nutritionist or doctor. However, the UKAD was not convinced. Nicole Stapsead, chief executive of UKAD said,” This case demonstrates that there are serious consequences to an anti-doping rule violation. Beyond the performance-enhancing qualities of steroids, there are significant health risks associated with their use, including kidney failure, liver damage and an increased risk of strokes and heart attacks.”


IAAF grants transfer to Reid

The International Association of Athletics federation has granted international transfer from GB to Ireland, to runner Leon Reid, something the athlete had applied more than two years ago. This means the 24 year old will be able to represent Ireland at the European Championships that is to take place in Berlin next week. Born in Bath, Reid has represented Britain at youth level and also won a 200m bronze for Northern Ireland at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. He applied for the international transfer to Ireland after the death of his Belfast-born biological mother, as a gesture of honour. Having improved his personal best at 200m to a time of 20.27 seconds last month at the British Championships, Reid said,” I am just so happy to get the opportunity to go to Berlin now and do some damage for Ireland.”


Danil Lysenko ruled out of European Championships

Russian high jump champion, Danil Lysenko was stripped of his status as a neutral athlete, consequently making the gold medallist ineligible for the European Championships that is to start in berlin next week. According to the IAAF, Lysenko had not complied with the anti-doping code by “not making himself available for out of competition testing by the Athletics Integrity Unit”. Russia has been banned from international athletics competitions since 2015 after the World Anti-Doping Agency uncovered cases of state-sponsored doping in the country. Lysenko, who was the winner of the world indoor title this year, was one of the thirty neutral Russian Athletes who initially were to compete at the European Championships.