A doping scandal has taken the international athletic community by storm, with allegations that one in every four winners from races over the past 12 years, has used performance enhancing drugs. Here we take a look at the revelations –
What is it?
Around 12,00 blood test results from 5000 athletes were leaked to the Sunday Times and the analysis revealed “suspicious results”. The tests, which were leaked from the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) show that 146 medals, won in both Olympics and World Championships, between 2001 and 2012, were won by athletes with abnormal blood test results. These included a staggering 55 gold medals.
Who is responsible?
The World Anti Dpoing Agency(WADA) is now investigating the leak , and fingers are being pointed at the IAAF, which conducted the blood tests and was in posession of the results but failed to take any action. Robin Parisotto, one of the scientists who analyzed the blood samples, stated, “So many athletes seem to have doped with impunity, and it is damning that the IAAF appears to have idly sat by and let this happen.”
Countering that statement, the IAAF president Lamine Diack suggested that the allegations were an attempt to overshadow the World Championships and derail the IAAF presidential election held next week. “When people say that there are medals to be redistributed from 2001 to 2012, it’s just a farce”, he said.
How did the athletes react?
Mo Farah, champion of the 5000m and 10000m events at the London Olympics, along with 8 other British athletes, released their blood test data results, in spite of IAAF asking them not to do so. The readings for all of them, were within the normal range.
Abnormal blood tests aren’t conclusive proof of doping, but casts enough doubt on the use of performance enhancing drugs. The IAAF continues to maintain that the news is being sensationalized without basis and has agreed to participate in the inquiry by WADA, and cooperate with its investigation.