Running great Haile Gebrselassie laments ‘lack of seriousness’ around doping

Haile Gebrselassie condemned a recent spate of doping incidents, after a Kenyan coach was caught trying to take a drug test for one of his athletes.

By: Reuters | Rio De Janeiro | Published:August 15, 2016 4:37 am
Haile Gebrselassie-m Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia lamented the failure of authorities to crack down. (Source: Reuters)

Long-distance running great Haile Gebrselassie condemned a recent spate of doping incidents in sport, after a Kenyan track coach was caught trying to take a drug test for one of his athletes.

Sprint coach John Anzrah was sent home last Thursday after wearing the accreditation of 800 meters runner Ferguson Rotich and giving a urine sample in a doping test. He now faces possible criminal charges back home.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Gebrselassie of Ethiopia lamented the failure of authorities to crack down.

“I don’t understand,” Gebrselassie told Reuters, pointing to “a lack of seriousness” surrounding the issue of banned substances.

Gebrselassie also acknowledged that the sophistication of doping programmes has made it increasingly difficult to uncover abusers within the sport.
“The doping issue, it become more complicated — the tactic, the way they cover it up,” Gebrselassie said.

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  1. M
    more truth
    Aug 15, 2016 at 8:41 am
    hence, what seems like a apparent "lack of seriousness" is actually a purposeful looking the other way atude just so that the fake faith in the concept of olympics as a true sporting event(whoever wins more medals is better etc) is not lost within the minds of people. Its a huge business afterall, with lot of money involved. If they expose the truth that everybody dopes, and that the olympics is nothing more than the ego games of immature boys and girls, then who will watch the olympics! By all means, IOC knows what its doing and its very much to a purpose...
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  2. T
    truth time
    Aug 15, 2016 at 8:28 am
    EVERYBODY dopes to some extent.. all of these "atheletes" do, some in a more sophisticated way(usa) , some less. Thats the truth about these ego based waste of money sports called olympics.
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