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David Owen: Targeting the worst drug cheats is all fine and dandy, but with retrospective analysis, all samples should eventually be re-tested

David Owen: Targeting the worst drug cheats is all fine and dandy, but with retrospective analysis, all samples should eventually be re-tested

Let’s begin by giving the International Olympic Committee (IOC) a little credit.

By storing Olympic athletes’ anti-doping samples for possible reanalysis for a number of years, in the knowledge that analytical methods will probably improve over time, the IOC has put in place a valuable tool that could, if utilised to fullest extent, afford periodic snapshots of the true level of doping in elite sport, albeit some years after the event.


Mike Rowbottom: Transition is the key word as Coe and the IAAF approach tipping point

Mike Rowbottom: Transition is the key word as Coe and the IAAF approach tipping point

As the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) website attests, the number of its affiliated federations has grown dramatically from the 17 founding members in 1912. "The total number of countries and territories currently affiliated to the IAAF stands at 214, which places the IAAF among the world’s largest sporting organisations, and with more members than the United Nations," it reads.