Out-of-competition drug tests due, but don’t expect knock on door

Perth WMA General Assembly handbook (PDF)

Perth WMA General Assembly handbook (PDF)

As previously noted, WMA is taking the leap into out-of-competition drug testing, a masters first. In his official report to the Perth General Assembly, President Stan Perkins says: “WMA now has approved out of competition testing and will increase its targeting testing to ensure that athletes adhere to the rules of our sport. The adaptation of the IAAF Medical Handbook to specifically cater to Masters competitions needs to be completed to provide effective guidelines to future WMA Championship hosts and for use within the WMA Regions.” In the kiddie world, elites register for a testing pool. (See IAAF guide.) Unless you’re world-class, your chance of being tested at home are akin to being struck by lightning while riding an alligator at the North Pole. And given the expense of testing, I doubt many will be done. A suggestion: Test only athletes 90 and over. A suspension for any other age group is worthless. Folks can come back two or three years later.

Other notable nuggets from the GA handbook:

  • Arrangements for Masters events to be included in the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London had been initially confirmed, but we have now been informed that these races will not be included. We are continuing to try and change this decision.
  • The only bidder for 2019 WMA indoor worlds is Torun, Poland. The booklet says: “The city of Torun was the organizer of European Masters Championships in 2015. The responsible people are still involved and will bring in the experience of the successful Europeans. They are open to some small necessary changes to host World Master Championships. The facility is perfect; the distances in the city of Torun are no problem. LOC will work on the fact to come to Torun without problems.”
  • On IAAF Masters Athlete of the Year: These awards will continue, but unfortunately the annual IAAF Gala Dinner has been cancelled for 2015 and 2016, therefore whilst athletes have been selected for 2015 we have been forced to look for alternate award opportunities to ensure these athletes are rewarded for their outstanding efforts. The winners in 2015 were: Silke Schmidt (GER) and David Heath (GBR) The 2016 winners will be selected after the conclusion of the Championships in Perth.

And these WMA Council proposals will be decided Oct. 30 in Perth:

  • 1. That the MARATHON event be removed from the WMA Stadia Championships programme, effective 1 January 2017.
  • 2. That the HALF MARATHON event be included in future WMA Stadia Championships, effective from 1 January 2017.
  • 3. That the HALF MARATHON event be removed from the WMA Indoors Championships, effective 1 January 2018.
  • 4. That a 10KM ROAD RACE be included in future WMA INDOORS Championships in all age groups, commencing 1 January 2018.
  • 5. That the 10,000 METRES TRACK RACE be DELETED from the WMA Stadia Championships commencing 1 January 2017.

  • 6. The WMA introduce a 10KM ROAD RACE into WMA STADIA CHAMPIONSHIPS, commencing from 1 January, 2017.
  • 7. That the CROSS COUNTRY RACE for MEN AND WOMEN age groups 70 plus be reduced from 8KM to 6KM, effective from 1 January 2018.

More proposals for rules and bylaws changes are expected. I’ll share them when I get them.

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October 23, 2016

11 Responses

  1. Weia Reinboud - October 23, 2016

    Out of competition testing? I am curious about details and how you, as an athlete, will hear whether or not you’re in the poll. World record holders I suppose?

  2. Bill Pontius - October 23, 2016

    No 10,000 at worlds? Did I read that right?

  3. Ken Stone - October 23, 2016

    Removing 10k track race at worlds is just a proposal. Delegates will decide.

  4. anonymous - October 24, 2016

    RIP Masters Track.

  5. Rick easley - October 24, 2016

    Looks like they are just moving the 10K from the track to the road. it will still be contested.

  6. Mr.X - October 24, 2016

    Anyone ‘selected’ for testing should have the honor of picking the next person to be tested. Of course that’s idiotic, but no less legitimate than having some possibly biased regulatory bureaucrat pick? I’ve got some names right now…of course they’ll amazingly be on a fishing trip in Costa Rica when the drug Po-Po show.

  7. Tom Sputo - October 24, 2016

    A lot needs to be fleshed out before out-of-competition testing can become a reality, including determining how to set up the testing pool, and wearabouts requirements.

    But maybe this is not where WMA is going. Perhaps they are looking for a basis to conduct targeted OOC testing in instances of suspected violations? This has happened in other sports.

  8. Stefan Waltermann - October 24, 2016

    Lamine Diac and his two sons, plus his legal counsel Habib Cissé, were running an audacious shadow operation that grasped opportunity where ever it came. On 1 November 2015, Diack and several other top IAAF officials were arrested in France and are being investigated over allegations he took payments for deferring sanctions against Russian drugs cheats.It is only fitting that his name is still on the Medical Manual. Fully expect his successors to be in tow of the drug testers showing up at your door.

  9. Cheryl - October 25, 2016

    I think world record holders should have out of competition testing, excluding age groups where there isn’t many competitors such as the over 80. HEY if they are cheating and can still run God bless them. But seriously, we have all seen performances that make you wonder. Just like the non-Masters, there is very specific ways to cheat that won’t get you caught unless there is out of competition testing. I just want a level playing field. Hey I kinda like the idea if you’re tested you can suggest the next person tested.

  10. Milan Jamrich - October 25, 2016

    somebody was knocking on my door last night; I did not open…:-)

  11. Pam Immelman - October 29, 2016

    Could one question the validity of a WR of an athlete’s performance,who achieves 2x world records in the same event in one week at 2 locally organised meetings (sanctioned?), but does not compete in his national,regional or world championships in the same year. When such a record application/s are submitted to WMA for approval and ratification, does the NGB have to submit a drug testing report, or is the integrity of the athlete, LOC and NGB not questioned?

    Just asking ? Otherwise WRs become a joke !

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