IAAF hits back at Chris Froome comments

Chris Froome’s claims that athletics should follow cycling’s lead and invest more heavily in anti-doping have been criticised by track and field’s global governing body.

IAAF hits back at Chris Froome comments

The International Association of Athletics Federations insists it is already spending more than any other sport in the battle against drugs.

British cyclist Froome faced constant allegations and innuendo on his way to his second Tour de France victory last month, claims which were partially quietened when Team Sky released some of his power data midway through the race.

Cycling has attempted to get to grips with doping in the sport in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal and the sport’s blackest days appear to be behind it.

At the same time athletics is embroiled in ongoing doping allegations which threaten to overshadow this month’s World Championships in Beijing.

The IAAF, the sport’s world governing body, suspended 28 athletes who competed in the 2005 and 2007 World Championships after the retesting of anti-doping samples.

This came in the wake of the World Anti-Doping Agency saying it would investigate the claims of German broadcaster ARD/WDR and The Sunday Times, who having gained access to a database containing more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes.

The two media outlets alleged more than 800 athletes — and a third of all medallists in endurance events at recent Olympics and World Championships — had suspicious blood test results which were not followed up by the IAAF.

“From what I understand, the testing (in athletics) hasn’t been at the level that it is in cycling,” Froome told BBC Sport. “It is going to have to invest a lot more heavily in anti-doping. That would be a step in the right direction.” Froome said cycling’s governing body the UCI spends about four times what its athletics equivalent does on testing.

But the IAAF said those figures were misleading as the vast majority of cycling’s anti-doping budget comes from proThe UCI spent approximately 1.1m Swiss Francs (approximately €1.01m at current exchange rates) on anti-doping in 2013 via what is known as the ’Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation’. It is our understanding that this contribution has even been reduced since then.

“The vast majority of cycling’s anti-doping budget comes not from the UCI itself but comes from contributions by the pro-tour cycling teams, the event organisers and the riders themselves.”

The IAAF claimed 80% of the money for testing in cycling goes to male members from the UCI pro-tour team

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