The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has described media reports alleging widespread doping in the sport over the last decade as “sensationalist and confusing”. It also condemned how athletes’ confidential medical data was published in the investigation by The Sunday Times. The newspaper alleged a top UK athlete is among seven Britons with “suspicious” blood scores, while 10 medals were won at the London 2012 Olympics by stars who reportedly recorded dubious test results.
The Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD/WDR gained access to a database containing more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 competitors from a whistle-blower. It also revealed 146 medals in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who recorded suspicious tests.
The World Anti-Doping Agency pledged to look into the claims. Its president Sir Craig Reedie said: “WADA is very disturbed by these new allegations that have been raised by ARD; which will, once again, shake the foundation of clean athletes worldwide.”