Claims that ‘suspicious’ blood tests involved 
Britons as Coe calls for independent body

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Athletics is at the centre of fresh claims about doping after it was alleged world governing body the IAAF turned a blind eye to suspicious blood tests involving 150 athletes including a leading Briton.

German TV broadcaster ARD reported that a long-time member of the IAAF’s medical commission, whose identity has not been revealed, had a list of dozens of questionable blood values which were not followed up.

The alleged cases involved blood samples taken between 2006 and 2008 and were “highly suspicious” according to the unnamed medical commission member, but there was no follow-up involving target testing of the athletes involved by the IAAF’s doping department.

It is claimed by ARD that many of the samples came from Russian athletes, but that three British athletes were also involved along with others from Kenya, Germany, Spain and Morocco.

ARD has also alleged there is systematic doping in Russian athletics and implicated the IAAF in covering up the problem.

The British trio are included on a list of names which appears to have come from the IAAF and is headed “Suspicious”.

Lord Sebastian Coe, an IAAF vice-president who is running for the presidency and in Monaco for the IOC Session, said: “This is the time to really push for a wholly independent arm to our testing procedures. Clearly, there are resource implications but I think this is the moment.”