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Ohuruogu backs drug-test changes

Ohuruogu backs universal drug testing

Christine Ohuruogu has defended the new drug-testing programme the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has enforced.

The rules say athletes on the national testing register must be available to testers for an hour a day, between 6am-11pm three months in advance.

Tennis stars Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have joined other sports stars in criticising the "whereabouts" system.

"They might not like it but that's what we have had to put up with," Olympic gold medallist Ohuruogu told BBC Sport.

Every sport should have set guidelines whether there is a problem or not

Christine Ohuruogu
Ohuruogu, who will be in action this weekend at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham, suffered under the system when she was banned for a year for missing three out-of-competition drugs tests.

She added: "I sympathise with them. I can understand for them it will be a huge change and adjustment to their daily lives.

"But we have to do it. We have been saying for some time that other sports have to fall into line and realise if we are all athletes in the UK then we have to do the same thing.

"People always talk about track and field like it is the only sport that has an issue. It isn't and it's far from it.

"Every sport should have set guidelines whether there is a problem or not."


Wada director general David Howman says there will be no change to the new rules and Ohuruogu says it was a major issue to get used to when introduced into athletics.

"It was a huge shock to the system but as time goes on we just have to deal with it whether we like it or not," she recalled.

"I wouldn't like to say it is good or bad. My view is that we do need something in place.

"If that's the best they can come up with then so be it and that's what we are going to have to adhere to."

see also
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