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Athletics Doping Scandal: WADA to Investigate

Aug 03, 2015 - by Dani
Athletics doping scandal Ben Johnson 1988 Seoul

The first global athletics doping scandal was Ben Johnson’s superhuman run in Seoul (Telegraph)

In the buildup to the 2015 Athletics World Championships in Beijing a large athletics doping scandal is about to erupt.

An inquiry was carried out by Australian doping experts, who analyzed confident IAAF medical data that was leaked by a whistleblower. According to the results, over third of the medal winning athletes at Olympics and world championships between 2001 and 2012 produced suspicious blood samples. An independent WADA commission will investigate the findings.

The International Olympic Committee stated that they will penalize any athlete who was guilty of cheating. The IAAF argued that the allegations “are largely based on analysis of an IAAF database of private and confidential medical data which has been obtained without consent.”

Time.com: Another Athletics Doping Scandal – Leaked Drug Testing Data Suggests Pervasive Cheating in World Athletics

 
It seems that doping in athletics is more common than it was thought before, as the latest athletics doping scandal is about to erupt, surprising many of those, who follow live sports results. A new inquiry challenges the accuracy of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) drug tests, online gambling news report.

Athletics doping scandal Michael ashenden

Ashenden first made a name for himself by prosecuting Lance Armstrong (splitsecondimages)

A group of scientist analyzed 12,000 blood samples recently. The samples were taken from 5000 sportspersons at international athletics competitions between 2001 and 2012. It was found out that doping and blood transfusion grew significantly in athletics during the investigated period.

Australian expert, Michael Ashenden was one of those who supervised the project. He expressed that the results suggest “a shameful betrayal of [the IAAF’s] primary duty to police their sport and to protect clean athletes.” He compared the athletics doping scandal to the issue that cycling had in the time when the sport was dominated by the seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

RTE.ie: World athletics chief defends anti-doping record

 
An investigation was carried out recently after British and German media outlets acquired secret medical data from the IAAF. The results suggest that a serious athletics doping scandal is around the corner. IAAF’s President, Lamine Diack defended the organization’s anti-doping record.

Lamine Diack on athletics doping scandal

The IAAF president thinks the accusations are unfounded (Photo: wikimedia)

He said, “There are allegations made, no evidence. We want to look into them seriously because to say that in athletics between 2001 and 2012 we did not do a serious job with tests is laughable.”

The investigation will be widely discussed by different news blogs and gambling news in the coming weeks before the 2015 Athletics World Championships. According to its findings, one third of the medal winners in endurance running at Olympic games and world championships in the discussed period were suspicious of doping. It mentions abnormal results, which might be the indicator of cheating.

Thomas Bach, President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) stated that he expects World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to examine the allegations completely.

CNN.com: WADA ‘very alarmed’ by claims of widespread cheating in athletics

 
After the news broke about the possibility of an athletics doping scandal, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued a statement on its official website. President Craig Reedie reacted to the news, stating that they will examine the findings in detail, online mobile news report.

WADA President Reedie on athletics doping scandal

Craig Reedie promised WADA will look into the emerging athletics doping scandal (Photo: Reuters)

He said, “WADA is very disturbed by these new allegations, which will, once again, shake the foundation of clean athletes worldwide. Given the nature of these allegations, they will immediately be handed over to WADA’s Independent Commission for further investigation.”

He added “These allegations require swift and close scrutiny to determine whether there have in fact been breaches under the World Anti-Doping Code and, if so, what actions are required to be taken by WADA and/or other bodies. As always, WADA is committed to doing what’s necessary to ensure a level playing field for clean athletes of the world.”

There is an ongoing investigation against the Russian athletics program. It was triggered by the first results and allegations based upon the analysis of the leaked IAAF medical data in December 2014.

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