19 Feb 2009

WADA staunch on out-of-competition testing

10:48 pm on 19 February 2009

The World Anti-Doping Agency's director general, New Zealander David Howman, insists nothing is about to change after meeting with sports bodies in London to discuss rules governing out-of-competition tests.

A number of high profile mens and womens athletes including the British tennis star Andy Murray have attacked the new 'whereabouts' rule which requires athletes to notify drug testers of their movements as an invasion of privacy.

Elite athletes have been told they must make themselves available to testers for one hour a day between 6am and 11pm for three months in advance, and if they fail to comply three times they'll be banned from competition.