We've got an article up on the World Marathon Majors increasing their commitment to clean sport by putting more money towards out-of-competition doping tests and anti-doping investigations via the Athletics Integrity Unit.
Kudos to the WMM for doing this as one thing that came up yesterday on the press conference call discussing this new initiative is that most races don't have to contribute anything to out-of-competition testing. The IAAF only requires them to fun in-competition testing where only idiots get caught doping.
One questions I had on the call was whether the WMM had ever thought about requiring agents to pay back dirty money they earn. So for example Rita Jeptoo won the 2014 Boston Marathon in record time. She presumably got paid her winning paycheck and bonusses. (Without doing too much research I think she won $175,000 in Boston in 2014 for winning and setting the CR. She also was defending champion from the year before so she would have had a nice appearance fee in 2014 so we're close to $300,000. Let's just say she earned $300k from Boston in 2014 where she was CONVICTED of doping). She was found to have been a doper for this race in the fall of 2014.
In theory she's supposed to forfeit that money and pay it back. Well that's not going to happen and since she's outside of the US they're not going to get it back from her. However the WMM races continue to work with her agent Federico Rosa. Say he gets 20% of what she makes (not sure if he'd get a cut of her prize money but it is possible). 20% of $300,000 is $60,000 . That doesn't even count his cut of the earnings from years when she won and wasn't a doper or the cut of her Nike money he gets.
What if the races said to the agents who they negotiate with constantly on all the appearance fees, if one of your athletes is convicted of doping you'll pay back 20% of all the money they won at our race. That easily could be done via contract right?
I asked the WMM this yesterday. I initially didn't put the response of Tom Grilk, the head of the BAA, in the article but I just added it after Steve asked about the response. Grilk said in response, "We as individual events can't be the arbiters of whether say an agent or a trainer has behaved improperly, we simply don't have that information. And that's what the AIU can bring us."
But the WMM wouldn't need to prove the agents were involved with the doping to ask for the dirty money back. They agents took a cut of money earned fraudulently. Couldn't the WMM's easily just make the agents sign a contract saying, "you'll pay us 20% of any money your athletes earns that is from doping that they don't pay back." Wouldn't that be legal? What's wrong with putting that in a private contract?
I'd like them to go even a step further and say "And you pay back 20% of any money they earned at ANY WMM race (even if it was prior to race where they tested positive)." Some might say that is a bit punitive but that is the point and these are private contracts. Why couldn't this be done?
Article below: https://www.letsrun.com/news/2019/04/abbot-world-marathon-majors-and-athletics-integrity-unit-announce-expanded-out-of-competition-testing-and-investigation-program/