Quote Of The Day
“When we talk about those 2%, which are misleading, we don’t quite appreciate the fact that we have to relate the number of those findings to the number of athletes tested. As just a simple mathematical example, you have 10 different elite athletes in your registered testing pool. And you test each of those athletes 10 times a year. Altogether, you get 100 tests. And from those 100 tests, you have two positive samples. That basically means two out of 10 athletes have tested positive. Officially in statistics, you only have 2% of all the tests positive. But if you take it from the testing pool, you have 20% of athletes. So that makes a huge difference. It’s important to deal with this in mind, that those statistics are misleading ….
And basically, what our study demonstrates, based on those banned athletes, that in some distances, it’s up to 68% of the athletes who are banned during their career. So that’s quite a high number. And based on that, I can definitely say the question, is who [caught] them? First and foremost, it’s an international federation (World Athletics) and this we have submitted and I will give some compliments to their job. And also, definitely the national anti-doping agency was also involved. So those are two institutions …
I have my doubts that the culture [in Russia] is changing within a couple of years. But what I can say is that the ABP set a sort of threshold – what you can do and how you can cheat and what you cannot do … They cannot use blood doping in the same amounts that was possible before the ABP, and that makes a huge difference.”
– Anti-doping expert Sergei Iljukov talking to LetsRun.com about how the anti-doping fight is more effective than people give it credit for. You may hear that only a little more than 1% of doping tests results in a positive but many athletes are being tested multiple times so they are catching a much higher percentage of cheats. For example, 68% (13/19) of the Russian athletes in the 1,500 who achieved the World/Olympic/Euro standard at the Russian champs from 2008 to 2012 were ultimately banned. For all events collectively, at the Russian champs, the figure was 53%.
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