von Hajo Seppelt, ARD Anti-Doping Desk

The Australian blood doping expert Michael Asheden says that the IAAF – the athletics world governing body – could have banned athletes before 2009 on the basis of blood test results collected in an internal data base.

The body says that this wasn’t allowable before the introduction of biological passports for athletes in 2009. Ashenden rejects that contention. “It didn’t have to wait for the introduction of the passport to sanction athletes with abnormal values,” Ashenden told ARD.

The Australian scientist cited the case brought by the IAAF itself against Greek steeplechase athlete Eirini Kokkinariou before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in 2012.

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