AIU head cautions athletes about using popular “IV Therapies’

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MONACO: Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) warns athletes about using ‘intravenous (IV) drip therapy‘, after four months of bans for Rushelle Burton (Jamaica) and Tamara Clark (USA).

Both athletes admitted to receiving ‘more than 100 mL in a twelve-hour period’ IV infusion on January 25, 2023. This constituted an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under World Athletics Anti-Doping Rule 2.2: use or attempted use by an athlete using a Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method.

The matter came to light when Clark was drug tested by the AIU on January 26, 2023. He and Burton proactively informed the AIU of the treatment received and immediately cooperated in the subsequent investigation, which confirmed that the IVs did not contain Prohibited Substances and that there were violations. Your rules are wrong. Athletes accepted voluntary temporary suspensions, effective February 1, 2023, until final adjudication through Litigation Agreements involving Athletes, AIU and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Burton and Clark were banned from February 1 to May 30, 2023 and disqualified for results from January 25, 2023 to February 1, 2023.

The AIU stressed that while IV drip therapy is increasingly popular in some parts of the world, it may constitute a serious violation of the World Athletic Anti-Doping Rules (ADR).

AIU President Brett Clothier said:It is very important for athletes to be aware of the rules regarding IV infusions. In this case, the sanctions reflect the fact that the athletes themselves brought the matter to the attention of the AIU, but other athletes may receive harsher sanctions in different circumstances. These situations should serve as a warning to all athletes in our sport to be careful what they put in their bodies.

IV infusions or injections have been on the WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods since 2005 and are the administration of fluid and/or prescription drugs by drip or directly into a vein. They were reclassified from 2021.Unspecified Methods‘ shifted to ‘Specified Methods’ after WADA recognized these as methods more likely to be consumed or used by an athlete for a purpose other than enhancing sports performance. Under the 2023 Anti-Doping Rules, if an athlete ‘No Fatal Errors‘ For the use of a specified Method, ATHLETICS INTEGRITY UNIT, 1 2 ST FLOOR, 6 QUAI ANTOINE 1ER, MC 98007, MONACO PRESS RELEASE, the period of ineligibility is at least one reprimand and there is no period of suspension, with a maximum of two years ban depending on the Athlete’s degree of fault .

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About the Athletic Integrity Unit The Athletic Integrity Unit (AIU) is an independent body formed by World Athletics that manages all integrity matters, both doping and non-doping, for the sport of track and field. AIU’s mandate includes anti-doping, tracking down individuals engaged in the manipulation of age or competitive results, investigating fraudulent behavior related to loyalty transfers, and detecting bribery and other abuses, including violations of betting rules. It is AIU’s role to do everything it can to banish deception from our sport and to support honest athletes around the world who, through dedication and hard work, dedicate their lives to achieving their sporting goals.

Thursday, 01 June 2023

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