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Exclusive interview: Stuart O'Grady breaks silence on doping ...

Exclusive interview: Stuart O'Grady breaks silence on doping ... | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it
There was a big cooler on the bus, we had ten thermoses for each rider along with the other usual supplements, and just used them. I believe they made us slower, actually. Fanboys: What were the other “usual supplements”?
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About Renée Anne

About Renée Anne | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it

Welcome to the site "Doping In Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective." I've been deeply involved in the fight against doping in sport for over a decade and I am curating this site with the aim of providing viewers with a steady stream of breaking news and current issues globally re doping in sport.

 

I have also recently begun curating a companion site "Match Fixing & Corruption in Sport - The Spider's Web http://www.scoop.it/t/match-fixing-corruption-in-sport-the-spider-s-web. I believe that these issues => Doping in Sport + Match Fixing + Corruption are all inextricably linked just like the silken threads of the Spider's Web. No matter how faint the connections may seem they need to be explored to see where they lead us.

 

So please join me on this journey.

Feedback is always welcomed.

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Russian doping whistleblowers `have more proof`

Russian doping whistleblowers `have more proof` | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it
The whistleblowers who made serious allegations of doping in Russian athletics insist they have more proof to back-up their accusations and are waiting to hear from the IAAF and WADA.
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Biathlon investigating vice president over doping

Biathlon investigating vice president over doping | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Biathlon's governing body is stepping up its investigation into alleged doping infringements by one its vice presidents.   The International Biathlon Union has been gathering information since vice president Gottlieb Taschler of Italy temporarily stepped down on Saturday amid media reports he is under criminal investigation for helping his son Daniel obtain doping substances from banned doctor Michele Ferrari. Taschler has denied any wrongdoing and called the accusations "simply not true."

 

The IBU said on Wednesday it contacted the Italian Olympic Committee, and the national and world anti-doping agencies, NADO and WADA, as well as the Padua city attorney general, "and requested to share any available, relevant information." However, the Padua prosecutor's document that media based their reporting on, "is not in the public domain, yet," the IBU said, adding it "is not able to comment further but we will share new, relevant information when available."

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AP News : Column: Russia is athletics' Lance Armstrong case

AP News : Column: Russia is athletics' Lance Armstrong case | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it

The [doping] expose broadcast on German television this week...appears to have blown a lid off systematic doping and corruption in Russian sports. The ARD documentary, largely based on testimony from Russian whistleblowers and seemingly meticulously researched... If even half of what ARD alleged is true, then this is a Lance Armstrong moment, potentially make-or-break, for Russian sports and for the wider sports world's anti-doping system built up over 15 years to try to keep it clean and credible.

 

Just as rampant drug use and lying in the Armstrong era destroyed the credibility of cycling, ARD's claims of widespread doping in an array of Russian sports, of anti-doping officials paid to look the other way and of the extortion of a three-time Chicago Marathon winner to hush up a positive test could poison everything the 2018 host of the football World Cup does in sport for years to come. Russia's previous successes, including topping the medals tables at the 2014 Winter Olympics it hosted in Sochi, would be tarnished by association, too.

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'Doping allegations bad as Johnson'

'Doping allegations bad as Johnson' | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it

Lord Coe says the current doping allegations surrounding athletics could be as bad as the 1988 Ben Johnson case.

 

A German TV station accused the IAAF of not probing 150 suspect blood samples, including one of a British star.

 

Russia has denied claims that its officials were paid to supply banned substances and cover up tests.

 

Lord Coe said: "In the 40 years I have been involved in athletics there have been big moments, Ben Johnson,  Marion Jones, Balco. This is up there."

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Fears over drugs in schoolboy rugby - National - NZ Herald News

Fears over drugs in schoolboy rugby - National - NZ Herald News | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it
There are growing concerns schoolboy rugby is a fertile environment for drug taking to become rife. - New Zealand Herald

 

A Drug Free Sport survey has found “preconditions for doping” in schoolboy rugby, writes Gregor Paul.


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Schools quiet on use of supplements in underage rugby

Schools quiet on use of supplements in underage rugby | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it
The Irish Sports Council say schools are ‘a law unto themselves’

 

“Everyone has a personal gold medal. That might be just making the First XV of your high school rugby team.


“These drugs are rife – you can get them online, get them in any gym. It’s a massive problem we have with school kids in Australia, being busted with steroids. They are trying to bulk up just to get into their schools team. The distribution of performance enhancing drugs is a multi-billion dollar industry.

 

“The further down in sport you go the bigger it is because you have equal incentive to use it, because it works, it is readily available and you got less chance of being caught.” – Richard Ings – former head of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (Asada) 


There are two distinct strands to this debate – doping (banned substances) and supplement use. There is, however, potential for them to become intertwined.

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'Living in the Dark Ages': Why Scientists Say the NFL's hGH Test Is BS | VICE Sports

Thanks in part to John McCain, the NFL is adopting a scientifically dubious hGH test that many experts are openly bashing.

 

As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was coming under fire for his disastrous handling of Ray Rice's domestic violence suspension in September, a minor headline caught the attention of Scott Fujita, retired league linebacker and former elected officer of the NFL Players Union.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had penned a letter serving notice to both Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, demanding that the league begin testing players for human growth hormone (hGH), a performance-enhancing drug prohibited by the NFL and many other sports organizations.

 

"I write to express profound disappointment," McCain wrote, "that random testing for human growth hormone has still not been implemented in the NFL despite all sides committing to it more than three years ago in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement."

 

Disappointment aside, McCain's grandstanding masked his profound ignorance. Since its inception in 2004, hGH testing in sports has been an abject failure, dogged by ongoing scientific dispute and a near-total inability to identify doping athletes. Roughly 15,000 athletes have been subjected to hGH blood tests over the last decade; only 10 reportedly have been suspended for positive results, and two of those have been overturned through science-based legal appeals.

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German TV show ready to show more Russian doping evidence

German TV show ready to show more Russian doping evidence | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it
German journalist Hajo Seppelt said he is prepared to make a second documentary about dospoping in Russian sport after saying his first has led to more evidence being unveiled.

 

"To be honest we did not plan a sequel, however, people are sending us more and more evidence to back the claim that there is systematic doping in Russian sport," Seppelt told the Russian website Championat.com on Friday. Therefore I do not want to categorically rule out such a move. If it is needed, we will film a second part."


The programme, broadcast in three parts by ZDF/ARD, featured an undercover video of what it said were Russian athletes and coaches admitting to covering up positive tests.

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Anabolic agents: recent strategies for their detection and protection from inadvertent doping

Anabolic agents: recent strategies for their detection and protection from inadvertent doping | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it
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According to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List, anabolic agents consist of exogenous anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS), endogenous AAS and other anabolic agents such as clenbuterol and selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs). Currently employed strategies for their improved detection include the prolongation of the detection windows for exogenous AAS, non-targeted and indirect analytical approaches for the detection of modified steroids (designer steroids), the athlete’s biological passport and isotope ratio mass spectrometry for the detection of the misuse of endogenous AAS, as well as preventive doping research for the detection of SARMs. The recent use of these strategies led to 4–80-fold increases of adverse analytical findings for exogenous AAS, to the detection of the misuse of new designer steroids, to adverse analytical findings of different endogenous AAS and to the first adverse analytical findings of SARMs. The strategies of the antidoping research are not only focused on the development of methods to catch the cheating athlete but also to protect the clean athlete from inadvertent doping. Within the past few years several sources of inadvertent doping with anabolic agents have been identified. Among these are nutritional supplements adulterated with AAS, meat products contaminated with clenbuterol, mycotoxin (zearalenone) contamination leading to zeranol findings, and natural products containing endogenous AAS. The protection strategy consists of further investigations in case of reasonable suspicion of inadvertent doping, publication of the results, education of athletes and development of methods to differentiate between intentional and unintentional doping.

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IAAF limps on as rumours, allegations and innuendo race out of control | Sean Ingle

IAAF limps on as rumours, allegations and innuendo race out of control | Sean Ingle | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it
With Lamine Diack’s presidency coming to an end these are troubled times for the ruling body of athletics

 

Maybe the most worrying aspect of all for the IAAF, as it lurches from accusation to crisis and back again, is that the Ferris wheel shows no sign of stopping. On Wednesday the Guardian reported that Papa Massata Diack, the son of the president, Lamine Diack, apparently requested a $5m payment from Qatar during the race for the 2017 World AthleticsChampionships. Now we reveal another wounding blow: Gabriel Dollé, the director of the IAAF’s medical and anti-doping department – the most senior anti-doping official at the IAAF – has left his post after being interviewed by the IAAF’s ethics commission.


It is, however, unclear to what extent Dollé will be implicated in the ethics commission’s investigation. Those close to the organisation expect more revelations to follow.



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Agent says Chicago Marathon winner paid to avoid doping ban

The agent for three-time Bank of America Chicago Marathon winner Liliya Shobukhova said she paid the Russian track federation more than $600,000 to avoid a doping suspension, the French sports newspaper L’Equipe reported Wednesday.

 

L’Equipe’s story was based on knowledge of a deposition the runner's agent, Andrei Baranov, gave to the ethics commission of the international track federation (IAAF) after Baranov filed a complaint about the Russian federation’s handling of the situation. According to the newspaper, Shobukhova had violated doping rules in 2011 but was allowed to compete in the 2012 Olympics, where she did not finish the marathon, after paying the money in three installments in January, June and July, 2012.


The Russian federation eventually gave Shobukhova a two-year ban in April 2014 for irregularities in her biological passport that indicated blood doping.  The federation annulled all her results after Oct. 9, 2009, which included all three Chicago wins and her 2010 London Marathon victory.

 

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Kazakhstan: Doping Scandals Haunt Team Astana

Kazakhstan: Doping Scandals Haunt Team Astana | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it

Kazakhstan’s flagship international cycling team will have to sweat it out until February to see if it can compete that year in major international road races, including the Tour de France. A series of doping scandals has tainted the team. But where international sports officials see serious infractions, Kazakhstanis tend to see an international plot to steal their glory.
 
Five Kazakhstani riders from the Astana stable failed drug tests in quick succession this year, triggering an investigation by the sport’s governing body, the International Cycling Union (UCI). The cycling team – known as Astana Pro Team – is bankrolled by Kazakhstan’s sovereign-wealth fund, Samruk-Kazyna. The team, which has produced Tour de France winners several times, helps promote Brand Kazakhstan globally.
 
The UCI has awarded the team a provisional license for the 2015 World Tour on condition that an independent body, the University of Lausanne’s Institute for Sport Sciences, carries out an audit of the team’s management practices. Specifically, the audit will seek to determine the extent of management’s responsibility for the doping failures and what changes have been made to prevent future instances of doping. The Institute is due to report its findings in February.

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AAA Panel Imposes Eight-Year Ban For US Track & Field Coach, Drummond, For Multiple Anti-Doping Rule Violations - U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

AAA Panel Imposes Eight-Year Ban For US Track & Field Coach, Drummond, For Multiple Anti-Doping Rule Violations  - U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it

December 17, 2014 USADA announced today that a three member panel of the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA), rendered its decision in the case of Jon Drummond, of Grand Prairie, Texas, a coach in the sport of track & field sanctioning him for eight years for his doping violations. The independent AAA panel found that Drummond possessed, trafficked, and administered banned performance enhancing substances to an athlete under his care as a coach.


“Coaches have an inherent responsibility to protect athletes- not take advantage of them- but to ensure that they receive the support, training and advice they need to win fairly and in accordance with the rules,” said USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart. "As an Olympian, a former world record holder, a coach of U.S. Olympians and the recent Chairman of the USA Track & Field Athletes Advisory Council, Drummond was entrusted to guide athletes. Instead of using his position of power and influence to protect athletes, following a two-day evidentiary hearing, the AAA panel found “that Drummond failed to act in the manner expected of a coach of athletes in the Olympic Movement.  A coach cannot lead an athlete to into the danger of using prohibited substances. . . . A coach must be a watchdog when it comes to prohibited substances.”

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Is the Sport of Athletics at Great Risk, Citing the latest apparent damning evidence of extortion, bribery, PEDS and Cover-ups?

Is the Sport of Athletics at Great Risk, Citing the latest apparent damning evidence of extortion, bribery, PEDS and Cover-ups? | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it

© Copyright - 2014 - Athletics Illustrated Recently, German television station WRD/ARD aired a three-part documentary on apparent systematic Russian doping and cover-ups and extortion by members of the Russian Anti-doping Agency (RUSADA). There are also accusations of bribery by the governing body of the sport, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in awarding games to a host city, specifically Doha, Qatar. This took place in 2011 for Doha’s bid to host the 2017 IAAF World Track and Field Championships, they lost; however, they did win the subsequent bid to host the 2019 edition of the championships.


Amongst all of this apparent (and unsubstantiated) deceit, there exists a list of athletes that are implicated for having abnormal blood values. This information is documented into the Athlete Biological Passport. The passport or ABP was designed to give a larger picture of an athlete’s history rather than attempting to detect a doping substance from a single test. Of the names on the list approximately 150 are Russian and 25 are Kenyan, amongst many more from several other countries.

The revelations, if true, could be as monumental and damning as any scandal related to sport at any time in history. This could be more damaging than the absolutely absurd Lance Armstrong-cycling debacle.

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What One Guy From The US Peloton Thinks About Chris Horner's Return

What One Guy From The US Peloton Thinks About Chris Horner's Return | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it

Cheater. Liar. Relic in a bad way. This is what came to my mind when it was announced that Chris Horner would be back in the U.S. domestic peloton. To my knowledge, much of the NRC peloton has a similar take on the issue. I am not excited to be racing against him. What he has to teach us or his young teammates is undermined by a very questionable past. His return should mean far less to the sport than the media has been portraying and only holds the potential for disaster: more teams folding and more races going away.


A much different picture of this man has been painted by the US media: describing a crafty, charismatic, old guy full of vitality, life, a never-dying passion for bike racing, and an eagerness to give back to the next generation. While I don’t disagree that Horner is an interesting character and someone I’d like to root for under different circumstances, I do not and will not ever let myself fall into this fanboy mentality.

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Nobody Is Paying Enough Attention to the Russian Doping Scandal

Nobody Is Paying Enough Attention to the Russian Doping Scandal | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it
For years, it seemed like drug testers would never get ahead of cheaters. The Russian bribery scandal raises an even scarier possibility: the testers are dirty too.

 

But the allegation of corruption at the IAAF is much more worrisome because it exposes a critical flaw in how running, and Olympic-movement sports in general, operate. In cycling, running, triathlon, skiing, and other sports, the organizations that are primarily responsible for drug testing are also in charge of promoting their sports. It’s a conflict of interest that practically ensures corruption, and a corrupt organization makes the entire sport a charade. Nothing—not even the testing—matters when the people administering the tests are corrupt.

 

“It's clear that cycling, athletics, swimming, tennis and soccer have major problems and are ruled by governing bodies in denial,” former WADA head Dick Pound told The Daily Mail last August. Don Catlin, whose lab at UCLA has tested athletes for PEDs for decades, says corruption at in international federations is endemic. “You don’t get to be the head of the IAAF on the basis of merit,” he told me. “You get the on the basis of—who knows what they do.”

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Prevalence of Blood Doping in Samples Collected from Elite Track and Field Athletes

Prevalence of Blood Doping in Samples Collected from Elite Track and Field Athletes | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it
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BACKGROUND: No reliable estimate of the prevalence of doping in elite sports has been published. Since 2001, the international governing body for athletics has implemented a blood-testing program to detect altered hematological profiles in the world's top-level athletes.

 

METHODS: A total of 7289 blood samples were collected from 2737 athletes out of and during international athletic competitions. Data were collected in parallel on each sample, including the age, sex, nationality, and birth date of the athlete; testing date; sport; venue; and instrument technology. Period prevalence of blood-doping in samples was estimated by comparing empirical cumulative distribution functions of the abnormal blood profile score computed for subpopulations with stratified reference cumulative distribution functions.

 

RESULTS: In addition to an expected difference between endurance and nonendurance athletes, we found nationality to be the major factor of heterogeneity. Estimates of the prevalence of blood doping ranged from 1% to 48% for subpopulations of samples and a mean of 14% for the entire study population. Extreme cases of secondary polycythemia highlighted the health risks associated with blood manipulations.

 

CONCLUSIONS: When applied at a population level, in this case the population of samples, hematological data can be used to estimate period prevalence of blood doping in elite sports. We found that the world's top-level athletes are not only heterogeneous in physiological and anthropometric factors but also in their doping behavior, with contrasting attitudes toward doping between countries. When applied at the individual level, the same biomarkers, as formalized in the Athlete Biological Passport paradigm, can be used in analysis of the observed different physiological characteristics and behavioral heterogeneities.

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Time has come for rugby to assess health risks of monster hits

Time has come for  rugby to assess health risks of monster hits | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it
Transformation of the game in two decades has been phenomenal

 

One truth comes screaming out of this week’s debate about the use of strength-enhancing substances in rugby union: even the insiders are slightly bewildered by the speed at which the game has evolved and at the associated demands on its elite players. And that nobody is fully sure what the consequences are going to be. The questions raised by the Irish sportswriter Paul Kimmage in his newspaper column and on the Seán O’Rourke radio show this week carry considerable clout given his dauntless quest to prove that Lance Armstrong, for a decade the white prince of professional cycling, was just another doper in a corrupt sport. 

 

Rugby is enjoying a popular revolution and the packaging – including the slick television presentation, the modern stadia, the brilliantly marketed internationals, the old-school tie/upper-middle class tradition, the unwritten rule that every high-profile team should contain at least three or four vaguely handsome lads, the ripped physiques and the high velocity collisions – has turned the game into something like a religion for a broad cross-section of society.

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Exclusive: Cookson says Astana are drinking in the last chance saloon | Cyclingnews.com

Exclusive: Cookson says Astana are drinking in the last chance saloon | Cyclingnews.com | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it
UCI President says WorldTour licence decision followed rules

 

UCI President Brian Cookson has defended the decision to give the Astana team a WorldTour licence for 2015, telling Cyclingnews in an exclusive interview that another doping case within the Kazakhstani squad would be fatal for their survival, describing the team as "drinking in the last chance saloon.”

 

Cookson has faced fierce criticism after the UCI announced the decision of its Licence Commission late on Wednesday night. He described today as “the most frustrating day of his presidency” as he tried to justify the decision. He insisted that the Astana case in an on-going saga and that the team will race under probation in 2015. Cookson stopped short of describing the Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov as a toxic influence on professional cycling but he urged Vinokourov to speak about his own doping to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) and “take his responsibilities for cleaning up the sport seriously.”

 

He said he intends to change the ethics rules of the UCI WorldTour after the conclusion of the CIRC investigation into doping expected in the spring of 2015.

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Doping scandal in Russia 2014 Part 1/4 (German with English subtitle) - YouTube

Top-secret: How Russia makes its winners Geheimsache Doping - Wie Russland seine Sieger macht
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The Jamaica Anti-Doping in Sport Act, 2014

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Exclusive: London 2012 athletes escape sanction for missing blood test appointments

Exclusive: London 2012 athletes escape sanction for missing blood test appointments | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it
A number of competitors at the recent 2012 Olympic Games in London missed appointments for blood tests without incurring sanctions, it has emerged.
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IAAF’s most senior anti-doping official, Dr Gabriel Dollé, leaves job

IAAF’s most senior anti-doping official, Dr Gabriel Dollé, leaves job | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it
The most senior anti-doping official in athletics has left his post after being interviewed by the world governing body’s ethics commission, the Guardian can reveal

 

Dr Gabriel Dollé, the director of the medical and anti-doping department at the International Association of Athletics Federations, was an important figure in the body, with the job of overseeing all doping-related aspects of IAAF events, athletes and associated matters. The Frenchman was also responsible for working closely with the World Anti-Doping Agency and other national anti-doping agencies.

 

It is the latest blow to the IAAF, which has been rocked by a series of allegations over the past week. On Thursday the IAAF marketing adviser Papa Massata Diack – the son of the IAAF president, Lamine Diack – agreed to step down, as did Valentin Balakhnichev, president of the Russian athletics federation and the IAAF’s treasurer, pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations of institutionalised doping in Russia.

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Athletics doping scandal: where the suspected athletes come from - Telegraph

Athletics doping scandal: where the suspected athletes come from - Telegraph | Doping in Sport - A Jamaican Insider's Perspective | Scoop.it

Graphic: We reveal the nationalities of athletes accused of producing "suspicious" blood values. The graphic highlights the shocking extent of how many competitors recorded "suspicious" blood values across the world of athletics. 

 

The explosive list of athletes, independently sourced by Telegraph Sport, was revealed on Tuesday to include the name of one of Britain’s biggest stars, along with two other British runners. Further analysis of the documents shows that many more of the best-known names in the sport provided suspicious blood samples that may not have been acted upon, with the list including a staggering 58 Russians and 25 Kenyans. There were 10 from Morocco and 10 from Ethiopia, 12 from Spain and 11 each from Ukraine and Romania.

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