Experts defend doping analysis, Coe decries 'betrayal'

Wed Aug 5, 2015 1:50pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - The two scientists whose analysis of leaked anti-doping data from the IAAF's database has thrown athletics into crisis defended their findings on Wednesday after their claims were rubbished by the world governing body.

A report in British newspaper The Sunday Times and by German broadcaster ARD/WDR at the weekend accused the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) of failing to investigate hundreds of "suspicious" drug tests between 2001 and 2012, including many Olympic and world championship medal winners.

The two media outlets claimed the data pointed to widespread blood doping in athletics.

Meanwhile IAAF vice-president Sebastian Coe, who is bidding to become the organization's president, said Wednesday the claims were "a declaration of war" on athletics.


Athletics - IAAF Diamond League 2015 - Sainsbury's Anniversary Games - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, England - 24/7/15
British politician and former athlete Sebastian Coe talks to the media
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