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Committee examines blood doping in athletics

4 September 2015

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee holds the first of two evidence sessions on blood doping, the banned but difficult to detect practice of drawing then replacing the athlete's own blood to enhance performance in athletics.


Tuesday 8 September 2015, Thatcher room, Portcullis House

At 10am

  • Dr Michael Ashenden, Science and Industry Against Blood Doping, Australia (via video link)

At 10.45am

  • Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive, UK Anti-Doping
  • David Kenworthy, Chair, UK Anti-Doping

At 11.30am

  • David Howman, Director General, World Anti-Doping Agency (via video link)

Inquiry background

In August the Sunday Times published a series of articles commenting on a database of test results from athletes taken between 2001 and 2012, which its experts argued showed abnormal results for a number of endurance runners.

The Committee explores the allegations (which have been strenuously rebutted by the International Association of Athletics Federations) that the IAAF failed to follow up test results from some prominent athletes which raised suspicions that blood doping had occurred. 

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