The IAAF has requested assistance from the Chinese Athletics Association with an investigation into a letter alleging state-backed doping in Chinese athletics.
Website Tencent on Wednesday reported that Chinese 3,000 and 10,000 metres world-record holder Wang Junxia admitted to being forced into doping almost 21 years ago.
A letter dating back to 1995 was said to have been written by Wang, who smashed the world records in 1993, and signed by nine of her team-mates claiming they were forced into taking “large doses of illegal drugs over the years”.
Life appeared to be going on much as normal outside Barcelona’s Biomedical Research Park last week. Doctors in white lab coats emerged periodically to puff on cigarettes. Joggers ran up and down the beachfront promenade across the road, enjoying the early January sun.
Somewhere deep in the recesses of the enormous, wood-encased facility, though, in a freezer in the anti-doping lab of the Institut Hospital del Mar d’Investigacions Mèdique, the clock was ticking on what some believe may be one of the biggest suppressed doping scandals of all time.
The allegations of widespread blood doping in the world of athletics have undermined the credibility of the IAAF, but how many sporting heroes have cheated the system and escaped unpunished? Simply offering a three-year ban is not enough…