Random tests on Christie

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ADAM SZRETER

Linford Christie has undergone three random drug tests this year, even though doping officers did not know his home address.

Staffan Sahlstrom, a Swede who runs the International Amateur Athletic Federation's out-of-competition dope testing programme, said Christie had been tested twice in Britain and once in the US this year.

It was claimed during ITV's World In Action programme on Monday that the British Athletic Federation had undermined its "no notice" programme by failing to pass on Christie's address to the Sports Council, who conduct tests in the United Kingdom.

But Sahlstrom said Christie had been summoned to one test in Britain while the other had been carried out at an unannounced visit to the sprinter's training track by an official.

The sprinters Daniel Effiong of Nigeria and Donovan Powell of Jamaica are both out of the World Championships in Gothenburg after testing positive for banned substances.

Effiong, the Commonwealth 200m bronze medallist, has been banned for four years pending a hearing after testing positive for the steroid methyltestosterone and the stimulant ephedrine. Powell tested positive for ephedrine and was suspended for three months pending a hearing.

Italian authorities have received two videos of Cuba's Ivan Pedroso's controversial world record breaking long jump last Saturday and plan to hand them to the sport's governing body on Thursday. Spectators said they saw a man standing in front of the wind-measuring machine alongside the track just before Pedroso set off down the runway. Meanwhile Italy's Primo Nebiolo, 72, has been re-elected unopposed as president of the IAAF for another four-year term.

Paula Thomas will again deputise for the injured Sally Gunnell as Britain's women's captain at the World Championship. The 30-year-old Trafford sprinter keeps the job she was given at the European Cup in Lille.

n The Central Council for Physical Recreation has suspended Peter Lawson, for 23 years general secretary, and his son, Christopher, senior development officer, pending an inquiry into an alleged conflict of interest between the CCPR and a private company of which the Lawsons are directors.

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