Coe rejects claims London was ‘dirtiest ever’ games
Sebastian Coe has dismissed claims that London 2012 may have been the dirtiest Olympic Games in history after a host of new positive drug tests came to light.
A total of 23 positive results came from 265 retested samples, the International Olympic Committee said, on top of more than 30 previous failed tests from competitors who had been caught either during the Games or since.
The high percentage of apparent doping offences sparked suggestions that London was rife with cheating, but Coe denies that is the case. Coe, now the president of world athletics’ governing body the IAAF, served as the London 2012 organising committee chairman. He claimed in the UK’s Sunday Telegraph that at the time of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where he competed and won 1,500 metres gold, technology was “prehistoric” and says many athletes would pick and base their schedules on the athletics circuit “in large part on the avoidance of testing”.
The IOC has said its reanalysis programme is ongoing, with the possibility of more results in the weeks to come.
Coe wrote in his newspaper column: “It would be delusional to say the London Games was ‘in the words of many yesterday’ dirtier than Games before.
“More is being done to catch cheats than ever before. We will not stop collecting data and prosecuting cheats in our efforts to protect and promote clean sport. The Rio 2016 Games will be cleaner for it. That should be the story.”