The EAA’s suggestion to erase athletic records not living up to new criteria for anti-doping prompted accusations of doping cover-ups performed by EAA president Svein Arne Hansen during his time as head of the Bislett Games.
By Jens Sejer Andersen, International director, Play the Game
Governments and sports have too many conflicts of interests to lead the global anti-doping struggle alone. Jens Sejer Andersen proposes to expand the ownership, introduce collective sanctions, increase financing and tone down moralism.
Ria Van Landeghem was suspended ahead of the ’88 Seoul Olympics due to results of her doping test. The athlete has contested the result ever since. Now, after almost 30 years, her suspension has been deemed ‘unjustified’.
Those responsible for the Russian doping system must be held accountable, say national anti-doping agency leaders in a joint statement and call for the exclusion of Russian sports organisations from international competitions.