Doping claims rock athletics
LONDON — Lord Coe says the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will react robustly to new allegations of doping in the sport.
Data leaked to the Sunday Times and a German broadcaster has revealed an “extraordinary extent of cheating” by athletes at the world’s biggest events, according to the newspaper.
Lord Coe, currently standing to become the next IAAF president, said the world governing body “takes these allegations extremely seriously” and “will issue a robust and detailed response to them”.
The leaked data shows that a third of all medals in endurance events at Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who recorded suspicious tests, according to independent experts used in the investigation. It was further alleged that none of these athletes had been stripped of their medals.
Coe, who is the favourite to win the presidential election against fellow IAAF vice-president Sergey Bubka on 19 August, has made independent testing a key part of his manifesto.
World Anti-doping Agency (Wada) president Sir Craig Reedie said his organisation was “very disturbed by these new allegations... which will, once again, shake the foundation of clean athletes worldwide”.
British athletes have also responded to the news, along with the Russian sports minister and Athletics Kenya –– two countries singled out in the latest allegations.
British Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-hill , who lost out on gold at the 2011 World Championships to Russian athlete Tatyana Chernova, who has since served a two-year ban said: “It is never good to hear of new possible doping offences in my sport, but if we are to stop a few athletes thinking cheating is acceptable, we have to explore all information that comes to light, however damaging it is for the sport as a whole.
“Like so many other clean athletes, I put my faith in the system operated by the IAAF and Wada and focus on training.
“I very much hope both organisations can respond to the latest allegations quickly so athletes and