IAAF's Toughest Stance Yet
As the Jamaican Gleaner reports that Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings — who dropped his personal-best in the 100-meter dash from 10.01 to 9.80 this year — has "tested positive for a masking agent," the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced an unprecedented testing program set for this month's World Championships.
NBC Sports track & field analyst Ato Boldon — who won four individual Olympic medals for Trinidad & Tobago — sent out a tweet this morning explaining the program and his thoughts on it. "IAAF says blood tests for EVERYONE in Daegu. Glad to hear it. Enough is enough," it read.
U.S. champion hurdler David Oliver (pictured) followed by asking, "Good, wonder how many pull outs there will be?"
The press release from the IAAF reports that the Worlds will be "the first time that a heterogeneous population of nearly 2,000 elite athletes competing in a major sports event will be blood tested under the same optimal conditions, within the same time period."
As for Mullings, writes Leighton Levy of the Gleaner:
Mullings previously failed a drug test during qualification for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, after higher-than-normal levels of testosterone were found in his system.
As a result, he was slapped with a two-year ban and his results between the middle of 2004 and 2005 were wiped from the records.
Failing a reversal, this latest incident could effectively mean the end of his international career.