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Grandma's Marathon adopts stringent doping policy

Grandma's Marathon adopts stringent doping policy

Grandma's Marathon has adopted a strict doping policy that is designed to supplement USA Track and Field's plan to catch and punish athletes who use performance-enhancing substances.
The race's board of directors voted unanimously to enact the policy, which was announced Tuesday.
_ Any athlete testing positive at a Grandma's Marathon event for a banned substance will be disqualified.
_ Race officials will not recruit, subsidize or otherwise assist any runner who has previously been suspended for using a banned substance. Marathon organizers will cease relationships with coaches and agents of any athletes suspended for doping.
_ Elite runners in Grandma's Marathon or the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon are required to sign an affidavit acknowledging awareness of the policy and stating their avoidance of performance-enhancing drugs.
"It is extremely important for our sport's future to make it loud and clear that cheating will not be tolerated," said Scott Keenan, the race's executive director.
Last year, marathon officials disqualified the women's winner, Halina Karnatsevich of Belarus, after she tested positive for an anabolic steroid. Karnatsevich forfeited her $8,000 (euro5,880) prize and received a two-year ban from competition.
The 31st annual marathon, with a route that stretches along Lake Superior and finishes in downtown Duluth, will be held on June 16.
Grandma's new policy follows a trend toward tougher sanctions against runners caught using perfromance-enhancing drugs.
Last August, race directors for the Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York marathons _ collectively known as the World Marathon Majors _ decided to impose lifetime bans at their races for any runner caught using a banned substance, including for drugs such as marijuana.


Updated : 2021-05-15 14:22 GMT+08:00