Doping: More than 30% of athletes at 2011 Worlds admit to doping

A total of 1,742 athletes competed in the World Championships in Daegu from 199 countries

More than 30% of athletes competing at the 2011 World Championships admitted to using banned substances during their careers, according to a World Anti-Doping Agency-commissioned study.

The figure was even higher, at 45%, when athletes at the 2011 Pan-Arab Games were asked the same question.

More than 5,000 athletes competed at the events and 2,167 were asked if they had taken banned drugs.

« The true prevalence of doping remains unknown, » the researchers said.

Just 0.5% of doping tests at the 2011 Worlds in Daegu, South Korea – where every athlete was tested – were positive.

In Qatar for the Pan-Arab Games, the figure rose to 3.6%.

« The study shows that biological tests of blood and urine reveal only a fraction of doping cases, » said Harvard medical professor Harrison Pope.

« This is likely due to the fact that athletes have found numerous ways not to be caught during tests. »


Par: Patrick Hangue

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