At Olathe masters nationals in July, I learned that USADA rules forbid finishers in races under 5K from being handed drinks. Why? Because the water cups or bottles might be spiked with performance enchancers in attempt to trigger a drug positive.
Yes, we're that paranoid at the masters level now.
See my post:http://masterstrack.com/2013/09/25486/
My question, after watching the Brussells replay today, is: Why aren't IAAF elite meets as paranoid? How can Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (and other Olympians) be handed water bottles by strangers at the risk of being contaminated?
How do WADA and USADA rules differ?
Or were Brussels meet organizers flouting the rules and putting elites at risk?
K E N