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Doping scandal: Unveiling the truth or ‘a declaration of war on athletics’

Doping scandal: Unveiling the truth or ‘a declaration of war on athletics’

“A declaration of war on athletics”. That’s how Sebastian Coe denounced the latest doping scandal to hit the sport. In recent weeks the world’s media has been acutely focused on athletics after mass allegations of doping within the sport were revealed. With no conclusive evidence, is this journalism at its best or just an overblown story trying to sabotage the sports reputation? Either way it looks like the media has made ‘a declaration of war on athletics’ and Lord Coe is prepared to fight back.  What are the results and are they conclusive? The leaked test results date back to between 2001 and 2012 when more than 800 athletes, including a third of all medalists in the last Olympics and World Championships, had suspicious blood test results. The two media outlets responsible for running this story are The Sunday Times and German Broadcaster ARD/WDR. They are arguing the failure of the IAAF in not following up on these suspicious results has led to cheating of an extraordinary extent. But is this conclusive evidence? Suspicious results are not actually proof of doping – and the media outlets in question agree on this too. So, could this just be a lot of hot air? Cycling: A doping case study Another sport that has been engulfed in doping allegations over the past few years is cycling. The Lance Armstrong era which dominated the world of cycling in the 90’s and 2000’s has been shamed by revelations that both he and the US Postal Team used performance enhancing drugs. Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles have since been revoked and on-going lawsuits have left both...