GB sprinter Richard Kilty ‘heartbroken’ by drug cheats and says World Championships in Beijing won’t be a level playing field
GB sprinter Richard Kilty 'heartbroken' by drug cheats and says World Championships in Beijing wonÃ¢ÂÂt be a level playing field
- The IAAF denied trying to suppress a report which claimed 29-34 per cent of athletes admitted to doping in a confidential survey
- Team GB's Richard Kilty said the prevalence of drug is 'very heartbreaking'
- The World Athletics Championships begin in Beijing on Saturday
- Kilty said the competition in China 'probably wonÃ¢ÂÂt be a level playing field'
22:49, 16 August 2015
00:45, 17 August 2015
British sprinter Richard Kilty said the thought of a third of athletes being drugs cheats is Ã¢ÂÂheartbreakingÃ¢ÂÂ as the International Association of Athletics Federations denied trying to suppress a report which claimed 29-34 per cent admitted to doping.
Kilty will compete in the 100 metres at the World Championships in Beijing, which start on Saturday, an event where five of the finalists could be convicted drugs cheats.
Ã¢ÂÂIt probably wonÃ¢ÂÂt be a level playing field but I try not to think about it too much,Ã¢ÂÂ he said. Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂve been in the sport since I was 10 and youÃ¢ÂÂre very naive as a kid. You believe these people are all super talented and work super hard.
British sprinter Richard Kilty (centre) says the world athletics championships probably won't be drug free
Kilty (second left with the European champion GB 4x100m relay team) is heartbroken by cheats in his sport
Ã¢ÂÂAs you get older, suddenly you start to hear things and see things and itÃ¢ÂÂs very heartbreaking.Ã¢ÂÂ
A survey carried out by the University of Tubingen in Germany at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu reportedly found doping was widespread among participants, with up to a third admitting using performance-enhancing techniques in the previous 12 months. The Sunday Times alleged that the IAAF, athleticsÃ¢ÂÂ world governing body, tried to block its publication, which they yesterday denied.
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Ã¢ÂÂThe IAAF has never vetoed publication of this article,Ã¢ÂÂ they said in a statement. The IAAF also revealed they had Ã¢ÂÂserious reservationsÃ¢ÂÂ over the interpretation of the results of the survey. Ã¢ÂÂThe IAAF submitted those concerns to the research group but had never heard back from them,Ã¢ÂÂ they said.
While the findings of this 2011 report were initially uncovered in 2013 by German broadcaster ARD, allegations of an attempted cover-up come at an uncomfortable time for the IAAF. The governing body are still reeling from accusations they did not do enough to catch drug cheats when blood tests between 2001Ã¢ÂÂ12 suggested doping was rampant among athletes.
Two-times suspended for cheating, Justin Gatlin goes into the Beijing titles as favourite for the 100m
There is the potential of five finalists in Kilty's 100m event being former drug cheats, including (from left) Tyson Gay, world leader this year Gatlin and Asafa PowellÃÂ
Kilty, the 60m world champion, will go up against twice drugs cheat Justin Gatlin, the favourite for 100m gold in Beijing, and said he was doubtful the doping landscape had changed much since 2011.
Ã¢ÂÂI would like to believe it has but realistically the cheats are always going to be one step ahead of the testers,Ã¢ÂÂ he said. Ã¢ÂÂThereÃ¢ÂÂs always going to be something new. ItÃ¢ÂÂs very sad.
Ã¢ÂÂI just try to focus on my own happiness and mental state. But itÃ¢ÂÂs always going to be at the back of your mind.Ã¢ÂÂ
Meanwhile, controversial coach Alberto Salazar is likely to travel to Beijing to work with Mo Farah, despite facing doping allegations and investigations in the US and UK. Adam Gemili has withdrawn from BritainÃ¢ÂÂs sprint relay squad with a hamstring injury.ÃÂ
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