IAAF suspends 28 athletes after retesting samples from 2005 and 2007 World Championships

IAAF suspends 28 athletes after retesting samples from 2005 and 2007 World Championships

TWENTY-EIGHT athletes have been suspended over historic doping offences.

Christian Miles


The World Championships in Beijing start next Saturday

The IAAF, the world governing body, under fire in the wake of allegations of widespread doping in the sport, said the retesting of anti-doping samples from the 2005 and 2007 World Championships in Helsinki and Osaka had turned up 32 adverse findings from 28 athletes.

In the wake of the accusations in the Sunday Times and by German broadcaster ARD that the IAAF turned a blind eye to mass doping, it has come out fighting and insisted it could not name the athletes concerned “due to the legal process”.

The IAAF said: “A large majority of the 28 are retired, some are athletes who have already been sanctioned, and only very few remain active in sport. The IAAF is provisionally suspending them and can confirm that none of the athletes concerned will be competing in Beijing.”

The revelations come just days before the World Championships which start in China on Saturday week.

The IAAF said that from April this year it had, using the latest anti-doping technology, again retested samples from Helsinki and Osaka. It pointed out this reanalysis had commended well before the latest allegations against the governing body.

The IAAF said these samples had been “proactively stored” at the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses (LAD), the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Lausanne.

It said it had already, in 2012, conducted a first round of reanalysis of urine samples taken from Helsinki, which had led to six adverse findings.

The IAAF said in a statement: “The IAAF embarked on this long-term storage and retesting strategy in 2005 to ensure that clean athletes are ultimately rewarded for their honest efforts in IAAF competitions. The IAAF is committed to use every means at its disposal within the world anti-doping code to root out the cheats, however long it takes.”

The IAAF said it would re-allocate medals where necessary should doping offences be confirmed.

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