Track chiefs in tests defence

Frank Dalleres
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WORLD athletics chiefs the IAAF have strongly denied turning a blind eye to thousands of suspicious blood test results, labelling the claims “sensationalist and confusing”.

It follows the publication of leaked data by the Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD/WDR, who reported that analysis suggested that as many as a third of Olympic and World Championship medallists between 2001 and 2012 may have been doping.

The IAAF hit back in a lengthy statement yesterday, saying it “categorically refutes all allegations made by ARD and The Sunday Times and, specifically, that it failed in its duty to pursue an effective blood testing programme at all times.”