Sotherton reveals missed tests

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Published: Thursday 25th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Former British Olympic medallist Kelly Sotherton has revealed she missed two doping tests during her athletics career.

Sotherton, speaking following last week’s revelations that Mo Farah was a missed test away from a lengthy ban in the year before the London 2012 Olympics, said there should be more transparency surrounding missed tests.

Under UK anti-doping rules, athletes must provide their whereabouts for an hour a day, every day. If they are not available for testers three times within the space of a year that constitutes a doping offence.

Cyclist Chris Froome has also revealed he missed a test earlier this year during a short break in Italy with his wife when staff at the luxury hotel where they were staying refused to allow anti-doping testers to disturb the couple.

Sotherton, the former heptathlete who won bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said on Twitter: “I believe in honesty, transparency & openness. Therefore I feel all anti-doping info regarding testing & results should be public.

“I missed one in 2007 (iaaf) as left training venue 10mins early & one in 2011 (Ukad) updated wrong date.

“She added: “Why don’t sportspeople past & present state whether they’ve missed tests or not now?! Froome has admitted…. Started the ball rolling…”

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah missed two drugs tests prior to London 2012, but UK Anti-Doping said last week it had not regarded the missed tests as deliberate attempts to avoid the testers.

The disclosures came soon after a BBC TV documentary alleged that Farah’s coach Alberto Salazar had practised doping techniques with American athlete Galen Rupp. Both men deny the allegations.

Published: Thursday 25th June 2015 by The News Editor

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