IAAF invites Harting to discuss doping issues after YouTube protest

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has invited Olympic discus champion Robert Harting to see its anti-doping work in action following a video in which he criticised the governing body.

Harting was joined by a host of other athletes, including American shot-putter Eric Werskey and girlfriend Julia Fischer, in a YouTube post that included allegations such as “we cannot trust you anymore” and “you put money over athletes”.

The video – which has racked up more than 20,000 views – was uploaded on Sunday and has been endorsed by the likes of British long-jump star Greg Rutherford, followed the allegations of widespread doping in athletics that emerged earlier this month.

“The IAAF very much appreciates and admires the passion, commitment and strength of opinion of all clean athletes and their feeling of intense frustration following the recent unfounded media accusations concerning the IAAF”s anti-doping programme,” the IAAF said in a statement when contacted by Omnisport.

“Therefore we would love to welcome Robert Harting, whose no-nonsense anti-doping stance we greatly admire, to come and talk to us so we can address his concerns and illustrate why WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] has confidence in our commitment.

“We therefore offer to invite Robert to our offices or to one of our competitions to see personally what the equally passionate and committed personnel of the IAAF Medical and Anti-doping Department are doing on a day-to-day basis in the fight against doping, rooting out the cheats and protecting the credibility of competition in the interests of the vast majority of clean athletes.”

Three-time world champion Harting previously turned down a nomination for the IAAF’s Athlete of the Year because he did not want to be considered alongside nominees who had served doping bans, including sprinter Justin Gatlin.