Athletics: Claims of unfair drug test denied

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HEINER HENZE, the general secretary of the European Athletic Association, denied that there had been any irregularities when a B sample provided by Paul Edwards, the British shot putter, tested positive on Tuesday.

Edwards, whose A sample from the European Championships in Helsinki in August tested positive, claimed the proper procedures had not been carried out, because he did not have a representative at the examination.

Under International Amateur Athletic Federation rules, an athlete is entitled to be represented when his second sample is tested. Henze, however, said the EAA had asked the British federation if it, or the athlete wanted to be present at the testing but had been told that Edwards was not available.

'After about three weeks without any further reply we informed the federation again that the analysis of the B sample would take place in three days' time,' he said. 'We did not get a reply so we went ahead with the sample.'

It has also been revealed that Colin Mackenzie, Britain's third-ranked javelin thrower, tested positive for the stimulant, dextropropoxphene, at a minor meeting in Italy on 24 July.