Claims that athletes avoided testing at the 10km New Year’s Eve race in Spain have been investigated by Spanish agency AEPSAD

Athletes have been cleared of any wrongdoing after claims that some runners evaded doping controls at the San Silvestre Crevillentina 10km road race in Alicante, south-east Spain, on New Year’s Eve.

It had been reported by Spanish sports newspaper Diario AS that several witnesses and runners claimed that some athletes tried to avoid going through the required anti-doping processes, with one runner having written on the event’s Facebook page: “When I finished I was surprised to see him (a Spanish athlete) jump the fences”.

The Spanish agency for health protection in sport, La Agencia Española de Protección de la Salud en el Deporte (AEPSAD), opened an investigation following the claims and on Tuesday (January 5) released a statement.

“The Spanish Agency for Health Protection in the Sports (AEPSAD) started last January 1, 2016, an investigation to clarify the information published about the San Silvestre Crevillentina,” reads a translated version of the statement.

“This information maintained that some athletes had committed the offence of resistance or refusal to take a doping test.

“The AEPSAD wishes to state that, having made appropriate inquiries, none of the selected to pass a doping test at the end of athletes test commit any of the acts described above.”

The statement, in Spanish, can be found here.

The reports of athletes evading doping controls at the San Silvestre Crevillentina came a year after a New Year’s Eve race in Salamanca saw some athletes withdraw, reportedly after a joke that there was to be doping controls at the race.