UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has not been chosen to conduct testing at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London after losing out in a tender process.
German company Professional Worldwide Controls were instead chosen by London 2017, after they reportedly offered a much lower price to carry out the work at the Championships.
“We are disappointed not to have been successful in our bid to work for London 2017,” a UKAD spokesperson told the Evening Standard.
“This is a matter for the Organising Committee and UKAD will not comment further.”
UKAD were previously chosen to conduct testing at recent major sporting competitions in Britain, including the London 2012 Olympic Games and the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The organisation also struck a deal to conduct testing in Russia last January when the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) were suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
It is claimed UKAD opted not to reduce their price to carry out testing at the 2017 World Championships, which ultimately led to Professional Worldwide Controls being selected.
UKAD are reportedly under pressure from the British Government to raise private funding, which is gained from its work at previous events and for conducting anti-doping work in Russia.
The Government pay the organisation around £5 million ($6.2 million/€5.8 million) a year, with another £2.5 million ($3.1 million/€2.9 million) coming from private work.
Photo: Professional Worldwide Controls ran the testing programme at the Baku 2015 European Games ©Getty Images
Samples are now expected to be transferred to Ghent in Belgium for testing, rather than take place at Kings College in London as a result of the deal.
“Due to contractual reasons London 2017 is unable to confirm the contract recipient at this time,” a London 2017 spokesperson told the Daily Mail.
“However, a detailed and methodical process for awarding the testing services contract has been undertaken.
“The open tender process included an on-site visit, assessment of previous major international sports championship delivery experience, evaluation of security, as well as experience of implementing widespread anti-doping programmes.
“When it comes to striving for clean athletics, there can be no shortcuts and London 2017 is confident it has awarded the contract to an outstanding organisation.”
Professional Worldwide Controls are the primary national anti-doping agency for Germany, while they also state they have collected samples for the World Anti-Doping Agency and International Sports Federations.
This has included running the International Ski Federation’s anti-doping programme.
The company also ran the testing programme at the inaugural European Games in Baku back in 2015.
Source: Evening Standard and Daily Mail