Gothenburg athletics championships get doping all-clear

There were no positive doping cases from 364 controls carried out prior to and during last month's European athletics championships in Sweden, officials said on Friday.

The European Athletic Association said a total of 213 urine tests were conducted, including 98 for banned blood-booster EPO, with athletes selected for in-competition testing based on their finishing position in the final and on a random basis.

There was also an extensive pre-competition blood screening programme in Gothenburg and the total number of blood tests conducted was 151.

The results from this blood screening will be added to the IAAF database to assist with the ongoing efforts of “athlete profiling”.

EAA President Hansjorg Wirz said: “We carried out over three times as many doping control tests in Gothenburg as took place at the 2002 European Athletics Championships in Munich and we were very happy to receive confirmation that there were no positive cases during the championships.

“The EAA considers itself an integral part of the worldwide anti-doping movement and through its Anti-Doping Working Group is working with the IAAF and WADA in the fight against doping.

“Doping control tests are conducted at all EAA events, meetings and affiliated competitions.”