Not a surprise, given the recent cheating scandals that have rocked the sport.
According to the Associated Press, the IAAF — the world’s track and field governing body — has said that it will “use a comprehensive blood testing program” at the forthcoming World Championships that will take place next month in Moscow.
This news doesn’t come as much of a surprise in light of the recent doping scandals involving sprinter Tyson Gay Asafa Powell, and Sherone Simpson — all three athletes failed blood tests.
Accordingly, the IAAF is saying it will have a “sophisticated anti-doping program” in place for the event.
The agency will incorporate the findings into its new biological passport program and use it to detect “steroid or growth hormone doping more relevant to the power disciplines.”
The IAAF says it will collect approximately 500 urine samples and kept for long-term storage and possible detailed analysis.