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IAAF at centre of new doping storm
02 Aug 2015 16:04
The International Association of Athletics Federations says it will not rule out "any follow-up action necessary" over a Sunday Times report alleging widespread doping in the sport.
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The newspaper, and German broadcaster ARD/WDR, obtained leaked data relating to 12,000 blood tests conducted on more than 5,000 athletes.
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Experts enlisted by the Sunday Times claimed the data showed that more than a third of medals - including 55 golds - awarded at Olympic Games and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes with suspicious tests.
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It was further alleged that none of those medals had been taken away by the authorities.
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The IAAF appeared angered that the data had been published at all and said it would now be contacting both media outlets for more information.
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"The IAAF is aware of serious allegations made against the integrity and competence of its anti-doping programme," a statement from the organisation read.
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"The relevant allegations were broadcast in Germany yesterday and have been repeated in an article in the Sunday Times newspaper today.
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"They are largely based on analysis of an IAAF database of private and confidential medical data which has been obtained without consent. The IAAF is now preparing a detailed response to both media outlets and will reserve the right to take any follow up action necessary to protect the rights of the IAAF and its athletes."
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The World Anti-Doping Agency said it was "very alarmed" by the Sunday Times report.
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WADA president Craig Reedie said: "WADA is very disturbed by these new allegations that have been raised; which will, once again, shake the foundation of clean athletes worldwide."
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