According to the national paper, these results show the “extraordinary extent of cheating” by athletes at the world’s biggest events.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have been ‘alarmed’ by the news, with president Sir Craig Reedie stating his organisation is “very disturbed by these new allegations… which will, once again, shake the foundation of clean athletes worldwide.”
The IAAF have so far responded with a short statement on their website saying they are ‘aware’ of the allegations and that they are ‘now preparing a detailed response to both media outlets and will reserve the right to take any follow up action necessary to protect the rights of the IAAF and its athletes’.
So what was actually found?
Well, using two of the world’s “foremost anti-doping experts”, scientists Robin Parisotto and Michael Ashenden, The Sunday Times and ARD/WDR revealed:
Mr Parisotto stated, “Never have I seen such an alarmingly abnormal set of blood values. So many athletes appear to have doped with impunity, and it is damning that the IAAF appears to have idly sat by and let this happen.”
While Ashenden said it’s been ‘a shameful betrayal of [the IAAF’s] primary duty to police their sport and to protect clean athletes’.
With athletics seemingly already in a fragile state after BBC’s investigative TV show Panorama accused Mo Farah’s coach Alberto Salazar of doping, this news has done little to steady the ship. Rather, it has blown yet another hole in what appears to be a sinking vortex of mystery.
The world will now wait for the full response from the IAAF, with the World Championships in Beijing less than a month away.