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IAAF Dismisses Claims Of Widespread Doping As 'Pure Guesswork'

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 05 / 15

The IAAF said that "allegations of widespread doping in elite athletics are 'unscientific' and based on 'pure guesswork,'" according to Malcolm Moore of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The IAAF "issued a nine-page rebuttal of claims by the German broadcaster ARD and the British Sunday Times newspaper that 146 ...

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