The real,- BERLIN-MARATHON has joined forces with four of the worlds leading
big city marathons, London, Boston, Chicago and New York City, in signing a
declaration aimed at ensuring the integrity of the sport of marathon running
through a world-wide acceptance of blood testing, in and out of competition. It
is believed many other international marathons and road races will follow their
The seven point declaration calls up on the IAAF and each of their
respective governing bodies to allow for blood testing at all sanctioned events
to be implemented as soon as possible and for all necessary changes to be made
to their rules by August 2001. See the full declaration as attached.
Horst Milde, Race Director of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON commented:
"The only way to end the speculation that drugs and other prohibited
techniques are used to enhance performance in our sport is to introduce blood
testing, and this has to be introduced world-wide both in and out of
competition. This united move by the top five big city marathons is a major
step in the right direction. We now need the national and world governing
bodies to work with us to achieve this."
Declaration on Doping and Blood Testing
We the undersigned hereby agree and declare as follows: -
1. The use of drugs and other prohibited techniques to enhance the
performance of athletes in marathon racing is contrary to the whole ethos of
our sport and we deplore those who use, encourage, administer or facilitate the
use of such drugs or techniques.
2. We note that in marathon running the drugs and techniques which are
likely to be of greatest assistance cannot currently be detected by urine
testing and that blood testing has a better prospect of detecting those
committing doping offences. We further note that the Sydney Olympic Games
initiated such tests.
3. We believe that in order to ensure the integrity of the sport of marathon
running, blood tests, both in and out of competition, are required. We make no
allegations about whether such drugs and techniques are used, or to what extent
they are used, by athletes in our sport but for the protection of all runners
and the assurance of the public, blood testing is an absolute necessity.
4. We call upon the IAAF and our national governing bodies to allow for
blood testing at all sanctioned events as soon as possible and to make any
necessary changes to their rules by no later than the 31st August 2001.
5. We pledge that, subject to national laws, once the rules permitting blood
testing have been ratified by the IAAF and our national federations we shall
work with the relevant authorities with a view to ensuring that blood tests are
carried out at our marathon events in accordance with those rules.
6. We further believe that to be fully effective, merely conducting blood
testing at events is insufficient and we therefore also call upon the World
Anti Doping Agency to conduct out of competition blood testing, without notice,
throughout the year.
7. We shall co-operate together to encourage other marathons and road races
to adopt this declaration in respect of their events.
Berlin - Horst Milde
Boston - Guy Morse
Chicago - Carey Pinkowski
London - Nick Bitel
New York City - Allan Steinfeld