Five-ring circus: get ready for Olympics doping cases that will ...


Five-ring circus: get ready for Olympics doping cases that will ‘shock’

As the anti-doping agency targets elite athletes, prepare for more drug revelations, says its boss

Robert Dineen

Even with a background working on the biggest doping scandal to strike Australian rules football, involving 30 Essenden players who were found to have injected a performance-enhancing substance, Brett Clothier admits he has been taken aback by the scale of drug-taking that the Athletics Integrity Unit has found since he took over the anti-doping agency in 2017.

“A lot of aspects of doping that go on around the world did come as a surprise,” the Australian former sports lawyer says, while sitting in the AIU offices overlooking the yachts moored in Monaco bay. “I was probably naive – I shouldn’t have been. It’s all the world. It’s a very diverse population group, so I don’t want to paint anyone with one brush, but a lot of the doping is for economic reasons. There’s money to be made. People come from very poor countries. Testing is nonexistent or inadequate.

“And people will dope. But now, the situation is probably as good as it has ever been. We’re showing that we can catch people.”..

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