August 29, 2005
Two positive tests from world championships, says IAAF
LONDON (Reuters) - India's Neelam Jawant Singh and
Vladyslav Piskunov of Ukraine provided the only positive tests
at the world athletics championships in Helsinki, the
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said
Women's discus thrower Singh failed a test for the banned
stimulant pemoline during the championships and hammer thrower
Piskunov's positive for the anabolic steroid drostalone was
confirmed after competition had ended.
Singh did not qualify for the discus final and Piskunov was
last in the hammer final.
The largest ever anti-doping program at an athletics event
was implemented at the championships which ran from August 6 to
14, the IAAF said on its website.
In total, 884 tests were carried out before and during the
championships on 708 athletes.
Blood and urine samples were taken to test for, among other
things, EPO (erythropoietin) and the detection of blood