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Drug test rules upset Isinbayeva

Yelena Isinbayeva
Isinbayeva is against the new dope testing requirements

Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has spoken out against the new rules about athletes being available for drug testing.

World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) rules say athletes on the national testing register must be available for an hour a day three months in advance.

"It's impossible to know where we'll be next week or next month," she said.

"We are not magical that we will know where we will be in two months - this is unfair, it does not work."

Isinbayeva, who is also the world record holder, was speaking ahead of her appearance at Saturday's UK Indoor Grand Prix at the Birmingham Indoor Arena.

"People who never take drugs will miss the appointments with doping control three times and be disqualified for two years," she added.

"But people who take drugs every day but are always in place, they will never catch them and they will continue in the sport."

The new rules have produced a mixed reaction from sportsmen and women, with the likes of Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu saying the rules are necessarily tough, and tennis players Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal coming out against them.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has defended the regulations, saying he understood athletes concerns, but that sport "has to pay a price for suspicion".

see also
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