Athletes told not to refuse drug tests over sample bottles

Wada told the IOC to use the older 2016 sample bottles at the recent Winter Olympics

Athletes have been told by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) not to refuse to take a drugs test if they are given discontinued sample bottles.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) said on Friday that Swiss firm Berlinger had quit the doping control business amid concerns about its products.

In January, Wada found Berlinger’s new bottles – which were introduced in September – are susceptible to manual opening without evidence of tampering, whether they have been frozen or not.

“Ukad remains confident in the robust integrity of our sample collection process,” said director of operations Pat Myhill.