Coe re­jects claims Lon­don was ‘dirt­i­est ever’ games

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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.”

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