(1) Drugs Chief 'S Olympic Fears (2) Anti-Drugs Chief Admits Games Fear

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(1) Drugs Chief 'S Olympic Fears (2) Anti-Drugs Chief Admits Games Fear


Byline: Matthew Beard

THE head of the World Anti-Doping Agency admitted today that confidence in the Olympics had been shattered by a succession of drugs scandals involving athletes, writes Matthew Beard in Beijing.

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, this would be a victory in the war on drugs. It emerged today that three male Russian race walkers have tested positive for the banned substance EPO and, earlier in the week, seven women from the same country including world champion middle-distance runner Yelena Soboleva were suspended on suspicion of supplying fake urine samples. Fahey insisted, though, that the Beijing

Games, coming 20 years after 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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