— Published 26 September 2022

Seven federations under scrutiny

World Athletics is no longer just hunting for dopers. The world athletics body also wants to put an end to entry and results fraud. Following an investigation by the Athletics Integrity Unit into suspicious competition results, no fewer than seven national federations have been placed on the new watch list for competition manipulation. The seven countries now under scrutiny are Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkey and Uzbekistan. The federations on the list will not be sanctioned, but World Athletics says its Competition Department will work with them “to improve and reform their competition procedures”. At the same time, World Athletics has removed the results of 11 athletes from World Athletics Series competitions held between 2001 and 2013. The reason for this was age-related manipulation of the competitors’ results. After investigation, nine of them were identified as being too old at the time of the championships in which they participated. The other two were found to be too young. In three cases, the investigation led World Athletics to reallocate medals in the following events: the men’s 110m hurdles at the 2002 World Junior Championships (China’s Shi Dongpeng was disqualified, Shamar Sands of the Bahamas received the silver medal and Richard Phillips of Jamaica received the bronze medal); the men’s long jump at the 2003 World Junior Championships (Ahmed Nezar H. Al-Sharfa of Saudi Arabia was disqualified and Richard Phillips of Jamaica was disqualified); and the women’s short jump at the 2003 World Junior Championships (Ahmed Al-Sharfa). Al-Sharfa of Saudi Arabia was disqualified, Andrejs Maskancevs of Latvia received the bronze medal); the men’s medley relay at the 2005 World Cadet Championships (Saudi Arabia was disqualified, South Africa received the bronze medal).