Amidst new allegations of suspected doping by athletes, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt was among the big name athletes who have proven yet again to be clean.
Britain’s Mo Farah whose coach has been recently embroiled in doping allegations was also said to be drug free.
According to the BBC, the Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD/WRD have obtained access to the results of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. Among the leaked data, Russia emerged as “the blood testing epicentre of the world” with more than 80% of the country’s medals won by suspicious athletes, while Kenya had 18 medals won by suspicious athletes.
Additionally, athletes are increasingly using blood transfusions and EPO micro-doses to boost the red cell count.
The investigation used two of the world’s “foremost anti-doping experts” to review the data.
According to the newspaper, the evidence – which has been seen by the BBC – reveals the “extraordinary extent of cheating” by athletes at the world’s biggest events.
The files belong to the world governing body for track and field, the IAAF, but have been leaked by a whistleblower.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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