Despite this, UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead had warned that athletes and coaches were “strongly mistaken if they believe the rules can be broken amid the coronavirus outbreak”.
UK Anti-doping (UKAD) announced in March a reduced testing programme due to the lockdown caused by the ongoing pandemic.
UK Anti-doping announced in March a reduced testing programme due to the coronavirus pandemic with leading British athletes hitting out at the current reduction
Gemili, who is a reigning 4x100m relay world champion, admits athletes have concerns about being tested in line with social distancing guidelines – but have no choice but to agree if someone turns up on their doorstep.
Leading British athletes have hit out at the reduction of drug testing during the Covid-19 crisis.
Some stars have described the decision on testing as ‘frustrating’ and ‘disheartening’, with leading sprinter Adam Gemili calling the reduced levels ‘ridiculous’.
“Find me an athlete that says ‘no testing’… because that’s your career basically. If anti-doping show up at the door you let them in. I’m sure there’ll be special cases made, but as athletes we don’t know.”
“I just assumed because anti-doping is here, they’re allowed to be here. He stood far away from me, and he was in and out in 20 minutes.
Athletes who refuse a test face a four year ban and Gemili, who was tested himself in May, said: “I was like… ‘do I open the door?’ But because it’s anti-doping I was like, ‘yeah, I have to.’
“It’s quite scary in the sense that if you allow somebody into your house, you could be jeopardising their life.”
“Some athletes don’t have the financial backing to move away from home and they may well have a vulnerable person in their household.
European 800m bronze medallist Elliot Giles has not been tested since December and the star, who lives with his dad who has recently recovered from the virus, said: “It’s hugely important that we think about not only the athletes’ circumstances but who the athletes are living with.
Britain’s 4x400m relay world silver medalist Laviai Nielsen believes the current situation is bringing the integrity of the sport – and those who run it – into question.
Nielsen said: “It’s put a question mark on clean sport in the country and the trust of the organisation. Anti-doping is such a grey area anyway. You would hope that you do have it in the back of your mind that you could get tested at any time.”