“Zero tolerance” promised in athletics doping scandal

The sensational claim that a third of recent medal winners in top-level athletics may have recorded potentially suspicious blood tests has prompted the International Olympics Committee to promise a “zero tolerance” approach for any athletes found guilty.


The scandal began over the weekend with a television documentary by German broadcaster ARD, which claimed to have obtained a leaked database belonging to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and containing thousands of blood tests for the period 2001 to 2012. 

ARD quotes two scientists as saying that analysis of these blood test results suggest a third of medals awarded in endurance races at the Olympics and world championships for the period covered were won by athletes who had recorded suspicious blood tests during their careers.