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IOC boss pledges ‘zero tolerance’ towards doping-tainted results

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London, Aug 03 : In the wake of fresh doping allegations in athletics, the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has vowed ‘zero tolerance’ towards athletes if they are found guilty of doping claims engulfing the sport of track and field.

Bach said that although they have nothing more than allegations at the moment, the IOC would act with zero tolerance if there should be cases involving results at Olympic Games, the BBC reported.

Earlier on Sunday, the Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD/WDR said that they had obtained access to the results of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes between 2001 and 2012.

The ARD documentary, Doping – Top Secret: The Shadowy World of Athletics, alleged widespread doping in international athletics.

The data, which belongs to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) but was released by a whistleblower, has been analysed by two leading anti-doping experts for the Sunday Times – scientist Robin Parisotto and exercise physiologist Michael Ashenden.

According to them, the leaked data reveals that more than a third of medals – including 55 golds – have been won in endurance events at the Olympics and world championships by athletes who have recorded ‘suspicious tests’. (ANI)