WADA to in­ves­ti­gate claims of sys­tem­atic dop­ing in China

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Sport -

The World Anti-dop­ing Agency (WADA) is look­ing into al­le­ga­tions made by a Ger­man broad­caster that Chi­nese ath­letes ben­e­fited from sys­tem­atic dop­ing in the 1980s and 90s. “The al­le­ga­tions were brought for­ward by for­mer Chi­nese physi­cian, Xue Yinx­ian, who is said to have looked after sev­eral na­tional teams in China during the decades in ques­tion,” WADA said. Xue, who re­cently ar­rived in Ger­many and is seek­ing po­lit­i­cal asy­lum with her son, told broad­caster ARD that more than 10,000 ath­letes were af­fected, some as young as 11, and that any­one who was against dop­ing was con­sid­ered “a dan­ger to the coun­try. And any­one who en­dan­gered the coun­try is now in prison.” The 79-year-old Xue said she lost her job with the na­tional gym­nas­tics team after re­fus­ing to treat an ath­lete with dop­ing sub­stances be­fore the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She said she had not felt safe in her home city of Bei­jing since 2012 when she first made her al­le­ga­tions of dop­ing. WADA said it will ex­am­ine “whether such a sys­tem may have pre­vailed be­yond these decades.” The first step, WADA said, was for its “in­de­pen­dent in­tel­li­gence and in­ves­ti­ga­tions team to ini­ti­ate an in­ves­tiga­tive process in or­der to col­lect and an­a­lyse avail­able in­for­ma­tion in co­or­di­na­tion with ex­ter­nal part­ners.”

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