Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Credibility of Olympicson Line, Says WADA Boss

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Credibility of Olympicson Line, Says WADA Boss

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Byline: MATTHEW BEARD

THE head of the World Anti-Doping Agency insists confidence in the Olympics has been shattered by a succession of drugs scandals involving athletes.

John Fahey said unless sport cleaned up its act at the Games here, there was a danger that the public would "desert" them.

His grim warning came as Olympic chief Jacques Rogge said that if fewer than 30-40 athletes tested positive in China, it would be a victory in the war on drugs.

It emerged today that three male Russian race walkers have tested positive for a banned substance and, earlier in the week, seven women from the same country were suspended on suspicion of supplying fake urine samples.

Fahey insisted, though, that the Beijing Games, coming 20 years after sprinter Ben Johnson failed a drugs test in Seoul, had the chance to change attitudes.

Fahey said: "There is suspicion out there in the public, they do not have the same confidence they once had. …

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