IAAF, SEGAS bury hatchet

Greece’s athletics federation and the sport’s international body pledged Wednesday for better coordination to avoid future disputes over drug-testing efforts, a top official said. Istvan Gyulai, general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations, said there was «full commitment from both sides» to follow regulations to test athletes. An IAAF report last month said many Greek athletes could not be found for out-of-competition drug tests. The Hellenic Association of Amateur Athletics (SEGAS) strongly denied the claims and called the accusations a «mudslinging attack.» Gyulai told The Associated Press that it was «a question of communication» that escalated the spat. «We have reviewed the IAAF out-of-competition anti-doping program and the participation of Greek athletes in it,» he said following a meeting with SEGAS President Vassilis Sevastis at IAAF headquarters in Monte Carlo, Monaco. «We both left from the meeting with a clear conviction that this meeting will eliminate all the problems which existed in the past,» he added. (AP)

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