European Athletics chief executive Christian Milz has said that athletes must pass a "Driving Licence" test on anti-doping and ethics to qualify for the European Championships in Paris in 2020 ©Getty Images

Every athlete planning to compete at the 2020 European Athletics Championships in Paris will have to pass a "driving licence system" relating to anti-doping and the ethics of sport before they will be registered, it has been revealed. 

European Athletics chief executive Christian Milz added that the new requirements would begin as from next year’s European Youth Championships in Győr in Hungary. 

"By the Paris 2020 European Athletics Championships we plan to make this mandatory as a standard to achieve participation," Milz said.

"This will be an anti-doping test, based on values.

"You cannot enter our competitions from next year’s Youth event without successfully passing the test.

"We will continue to go with this programme because we want to make it clear through all our athletes that we want a clean sport."

Milz revealed how the system will work.

"We will be creating an online site with seven different platforms, including one talking about the ethics of competing in the world of sport," he said. 

"It will not be a barrier, but an enabler and a benefit for the athlete.

"This summer we will be in dialogue with our young athletes about this at the Under-20 and Under-23 Championships.”

Athletes display the
Athletes display the "I run clean" series of bib identifications established by European Athletics, who are now launching new initiatives to combat doping ©Getty Images

All athletes competing at the European Indoor Athletics Championships, due to start here today, will wear bibs saying “I run clean”, “I throw clean” or “I jump clean” – an innovation introduced at European Athletics events in December 2015.

"This gives a strong message from athletes that they want to compete clean and with honour in all our competitions,” European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen said.

"We believe the athletes are committed to follow this because none of us would be in the sport if we didn’t believe in clean sport.

"We have been giving this strong message out in championships since December 2015, and we will continue to do this.

"We hope every athlete will do this with pride, to show they are clean."

Milz added that there would be a two-track anti-doping programme in place during the Championships, involving targeted tests and random collections of samples.