Abbott World Marathon Majors takes the below position
in regards to today's WADA report.
The Abbott World Marathon
Majors (AbbottWMM) supports this report from WADA. It
is a shocking wake-up call not just for the IAAF but
for all international sports federations.
AbbottWMM will continue to take every action possible
to ensure that marathon running is a safe haven from
doping. As we have said before, we cannot do this
alone and have relied on the IAAF as our partners.
We know that the IAAF will continue to be under close
scrutiny and we support IAAF President Seb Coe’s
plans for full-scale reforms within the organization.
We want to work with the IAAF to ensure these reforms
are delivered in the right way. We are
determined to ensure that our sport is clean and
many years, we have led the way in introducing and
campaigning for new measures in anti-doping.
the past twelve months alone, AbbottWMM has:
- Created the
world’s biggest privately funded anti-doping
programme with more than 150 named athletes
required to participate in a minimum of six
out-of-competition tests each year (these tests
are in addition to IAAF or National Federation
- Revised the process
of payment for AbbottWMM Series prize money so
that the $500,000 prize purse for each individual
Series winner is paid out over a five year period,
thus enabling effective financial penalty if there
are subsequent biological passport mapping issues
addition, any athlete who has been found guilty of any
anti-doping rules enforced by the IAAF, WADA, National
Federations or any of the individual AbbottWMM races
is not eligible to win the AbbottWMM Series title.
any athlete banned for more than six months by the
IAAF, WADA, National Federations or any of the
individual AbbottWMM races for a doping offence is
banned for life from AbbottWMM Series races.
will continue to lead the way and do all we can to ensure
the integrity of the sport and safeguard the integrity
of the global anti-doping programme.