Lord Coe fears major athletics drugs scandal

Allegations of widespread doping and cover-ups in athletics could be as bad as the case of disgraced 1988 Olympic 100m champion Ben Johnson according to British athletics legend Lord Sebastian Coe.

British athletics legend Lord Sebastian Coe.

Lord Coe, the vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), is responding to accusations that the IAAF is not probing 150 suspect blood samples.

A German TV Station made claims of systematic doping in Russia and alleged that the IAAF covered up or did not investigate a number of positive blood tests or blood-level anomalies from athletes from various nations.

Russia has denied claims its officials were paid to supply banned substances and cover up tests, rejecting the allegations as “a pack of lies”.