Doping in Athletics Documentary (ARD Germany)
The latest drug scandal is truly shocking and must surely pose a dampener for the World Athletics Track & Field Champs in Bejing in 2 week’s time.
But what also disappoints me is where is the voice of NZ athletes on this. Where is ours outrage posted? Where is our challenge to IAAF? Where is our response? I think that it is overdue on all of us in the NZ athletics community to come together and plan a campaign, via social media or any other mechanism. These results are unfair on our athletes: It results in outrageously difficult selection standards; it results in our international athletics being unable to get in to top meets; it results in remarkable youth and junior performance which means our athletes cannot win medals, let alone qualify; it certainly results in a disenchantment with athletics in general; it results in distrust of IAAF who have in reality done NOTHING with this date. We need one voice. We need an Oceania and/or Australasia voice. WHERE is it people? Are any Australians on this forum.
We need a campaign to remove counties from IAAF until they prove to be clean. This starts with Kenya and Russia. I appreciate that innocent athletes within each country will be affected, but the problem is so rampant, extraordinary steps need to be taken, and NOW. I watched the German/Sunday Times documentary and I encourage everyone interested to watch. The evidence is strong and truly shocking. I cannot believe that one woman distance runner, Rita Jeptoo, stated she had not been blood tested in Kenya since 2006. While she is now discredited and has had to forgo her recent earnings, she presented very nicely indeed and showed that she is still living from the fruits of her success. Mark my words, Ethiopia will be next in line
I also urge World Marathon Events to block Runners from these countries until they are clean and present a year or two of testing results – both blood and urine, and in and out of competition (Winter and Summer season), which are independently certified. Yes, Boston, London, Berlin and New York organisers. That means you, folks. This should be a standard for all elite applicants, which will make it fair across the boat. Then, lets see how quickly these countries come into line. It will make athletics more exciting as there will be a broader range of athletes running for gold. It will make prize distribution fairer. Sure times will be slower, but times will also be fairer!
Am I blogging into a sad black hole?
CEO of Athletics Australia has just released a press statement. An excellent start. Will Athletics NZ do the same?
Statement from Phil Jones, CEO, regarding allegations of doping
Athletics Australia is aware of a number of articles published in The Sunday Times, and subsequently in other international media yesterday, alleging systematic doping in the sport of athletics internationally.
The contents of the articles is alarming. Athletics Australia is currently working to ascertain further information about the alleged leaked IAAF test reports that have been obtained to form the basis of the articles. The accusations made must be properly investigated. We welcome the World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to probe the allegations made.
As a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency Code, Athletics Australia condemns doping in sport. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure a clean level playing field for all athletes across the globe. We endorse and demand the highest possible level of testing protocols to ensure that all those who break the rules are caught and sanctioned.
The first BBC article on the documenatry and leaked data:
Nick Willis responds with his thoughts:
RadioSport: Kiwi athlete Nick Willis talks to the Crowd Goes Wild
Looks like you’re in a black hole but you’re still right on the mark.
Hi HRE and Social Competitive – I have merged the two threads on this topic to hopefully streamline things for some further discussion.
This thread has already had over 400 views so even if others are reluctant to post, they are reading the comments.
I wholeheartedly agree with SC’s comments and hope that this latest expose will be a catalyst for significant change in regards to anti-doping sanctions and how our sport deals with sanctioned athletes.
Also, there are numerous discussions of this latest doping situation across Facebook which are usually limited to closed groups or limited friend groups – there is definitely a lot of Kiwi athletes and fans of NZ athletics that are posting their thoughts, but just doing so via other platforms at the moment.
I will compile the links to all of Nick’s comments and articles on this topic and post them here for reference.
Hello big black hole.
Seb Coe, who is standing as next IAAF President, has come out to bat against the Documentary and The Times’s interpretation of drug testing results. I am now confused. Who is telling the truth? How can IAAF discredit what appears to be reputable and independent scientific validation of the data? I appreciate that doping can be complex a topic, but hey we in the athletics community are intelligent. Please don’t insult us. We need more transparency of information from IAAF for a start. And not about the whistle blowing. Is Athletics NZ still prepared to support Seb in the upcoming elections. Would Bubka’s stance be any different, and I might add he is Russian (one of the supposed worst nation offenders).
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