By Martin Calonso
THE Namibian of 3 August 2017, in its article titled ‘Bolt swansong dominates London worlds’ mentioned that there was a leak of British athlete Mo Farah’s medical conditions. But the newspaper modestly avoided explanations about what this was all about.
Meanwhile the story is quite interesting. The hackers group, Fancy Bears, recently posted correspondence of IAAF top officials, which lists Farah among athletes whose blood data was considered suspicious.
Farah’s profile was flagged as “likely doping” in one document, dated 23 November 2015. A second database attached to an email of April 2016, however records that the British runner’s profile is “now flagged, but “normal with the last sample”.
Thus the last email appears to put Farah in the clear.
According to a public relations firm representing Farah, “any suggestion of misconduct is entirely false and seriously misleading.
Farah has been subject to many blood tests during his career and has never failed a single one.
It’s also worth mentioning that Alberto Salazar, Farah’s coach, is under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency. He has been accused of skirting anti-doping rules, while training some of his athletes at the Nike Oregon Project, a high-profile group that promotes distance running.
The 2013 world race-walk champion Robert Heffernan of Ireland also appeared in the documents, with the note, “Profile suspicious flagged ‘normal’ since the very recent sample.”
Heffernan’s agent, Denny McVeigh, explained that Heffernan had been investigated because of a blood sample he had given shortly after surgery on a hernia. The effects of the operation, and a related dose of an anti-blood clotting agent, caused Heffernan’s blood to appear abnormal, McVeigh said.
At least four European athletes’ samples are flagged in leaked documents as suspicious, but all of them were cleared by IAAF officials later on.
Bearing in mind abovementioned stories it is natural to conclude that African sportsmen, although they are traditionally pretty good athletes, will always be losing to Anglo-Saxons. The Anglo-Saxons are very skilful in doping consumption, and the officials of international sports authorities turn a blind eye.
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