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Athletics chief says sponsors can help doping fight

Ed Warner said football TV revenues could be used to help fight cheats

The chairman of UK Athletics has said that the fight against doping is “under resourced” and suggested that more sponsorship cash should be used to ensure better tests and transparency.

Ed Warner implied that sponsors could be doing more to help by staying rather than pulling out - and also suggested that football TV sponsorship money should be siphoned off for the fight against cheats.

“One of the things that sport has to do across all sport is find a way to secure more of its revenues for the fight against doping,” he told MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport committee.

Mr Warner said the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) should set aside “a fixed percentage” of all its sponsorship income to spend on anti-doping measures – and also suggested football TV revenues could contribute.

He said it would “make a lot of sense” if football also handed over a “very small proportion” of its global television income to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

“Football probably wouldn’t notice the difference but WADA certainly would,” he said.

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'Others need to do more' says London Marathon chief

The London Marathon chief executive says his organisation is doing "more than anyone else" to ensure athletes are not doping.

Nick Bitel was speaking to ITV News about allegations made by the Sunday Times about drug test data from 2001 to 2012.

We're at the forefront of the battle against doping in our sport, the first people to call for blood tests and the only ones to blood test every single elite athlete.

We've done our part. What this shows is that others need to do more. This has to be a concerted effort but we're not the disciplining authorities.

What people need to know is that when an athlete comes to the London Marathon we are doing more than anybody else to make sure that athlete is clean and we will continue to do so and if there's more to be done then we will do more.

– Nick Bitel
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