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.
The 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 well-managed.
For many years, we have led the way in introducing and campaigning for new measures in anti-doping.
In the past twelve months alone, AbbottWMM has:
In 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.
Furthermore, 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.
We 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.
General Manager, Abbott World Marathon Majors