- May 26, 2009
Yeah, you shouldn't talk about doping it upsets the clean athletes.mrhender said:IAAF not happy with media coverage of doping like the BBC Panorama..
Says it "undermines" investigations..
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has warned that media coverage of doping, such as the BBC Panorama ‘Catch me if you can’ investigation, can risk undermining its own doping investigations. ‘There have been allegations against the Salazar group for at least two years now and the IAAF has remained consistent in stating that it will never deny or confirm that it was undertaking an investigation into allegation of doping by athletes or supporting personnel’, an IAAF spokesperson told the Sports Integrity Initiative in an e-mailed statement. ‘This is for obvious reasons. By confirming that an investigation is going on before it is complete is risking the efficiency of said investigation by tipping off those being investigated. The IAAF shares the USADA [US Anti-Doping Agency] point of view that attempts to sensationalise and publicise what are confidential and process-driven inquiries can end up ruining a lot of careful, painstaking work to uncover doping practices in sport’.
‘Catch me if you can’ (pictured), which aired on 3 June, claimed that Alberto Salazar, head of the Nike Oregon Project, used banned steroids and unethical practices on athletes including Galen Rupp, Adam and Kara Goucher. A WADA statement issued yesterday indicated that it was the responsibility of the IAAF and USADA to investigate the allegations, which prompted the Sports Integrity Initiative to ask the IAAF and USADA if they would be investigating. USADA has yet to respond.
The IAAF has previously warned investigative journalists that by publishing information about athletes and coaches suspected of being involved in doping, they risk compromising IAAF investigations. Earlier this year, the IAAF sent a letter to Hajo Seppelt, asking the German journalist not to reveal confidential athlete information it suspected him to hold at two anti-doping conferences. The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) view on the role of the media in anti-doping can be viewed here.