State-Backed Doping Alleged in China

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THE International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF, said it was investigating a letter alleging some historic state-backed doping athletics in China.

It is being speculated that the previously unseen letter was written by Wang Junxia a Chinese Olympic medallist in 1995, but only published in state media during the week.

Wang still holds two world records.

The IAAF said it was aware of the letter and would try to confirm if it was genuine. The world organisation in a statement, said: “The IAAF’s first action must be to verify that the letter is genuine. In this respect, the IAAF has asked the Chinese Athletics Association to assist it in that process.”

Further, it said that under the federation rules any athlete who admitted to taking a prohibited substance prior to achieving a world record could be stripped of his or her title.

Wang broke the world records for 10,000m and 3,000m in 1993. No athlete is yet to come within 20 seconds of her time on the 10,000m. She also won the 5,000m at the 1996 Olympics, finishing second in the 10,000m.

The Chinese Athletics Association was yet to react at press time.

—  Feb 15, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT

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