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04th-Aug-2015

Australia urge full probe of doping allegations

By AFP, Sydney


Athletics Australia chief Phil Jones on Monday said he was alarmed by new allegations of mass doping in the sport and demanded a full investigation to find the truth.
The sport is reeling from a leaked database belonging to its governing body the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) reported by German television channel ARD and Britain's Sunday Times newspaper.
It allegedly shows details of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 competitors which revealed "extraordinary" levels of doping, which the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said would "shake the foundation" of athletes trying to stay clean.
"The contents of the articles is alarming," said Jones in a statement.
"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."
Jones added that as a signatory to the WADA code, Athletics Australia condemned doping in sport.