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Ennis-Hill: Possible doping offences must be explored

Jessica Ennis-Hill has called on the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) to address the problem of doping after fresh claims of cheating.

"It is never good to hear of new possible doping offences in my sport, but if we are to stop a few athletes thinking cheating is acceptable, we have to explore all information that comes to light, however damaging it is for the sport as a whole", she said.

Jessica Ennis-Hill said claims need to be explored 'however damaging it is for the sport as a whole'. Credit: PA Wire

According to the Sunday Times (£), leaked data reveals that more than a third of medals - including 55 golds - have been won in endurance events at the Olympics and world championships by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests.

It is also alleged that a top UK athlete is among seven Britons with "suspicious" blood scores, while 10 medals were won at the London 2012 Olympics by athletes who have reportedly recorded dubious test results.

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Results from 800 athletes 'highly suggestive of doping'

At least 800 athletes have recorded blood-test results described by an expert as "highly suggestive of doping or at the very least abnormal",the Sunday Times reports (£).

It follows what the newspaper says is the "biggest leak of blood-test data in sporting history"

The data, which belongs to the IAAF but was released by a whistleblower, also reportedly reveals:

  • More than a third of Olympic and world championships medals - including 55 golds - have been won by athletes with suspicious doping test results.
  • It is also alleged that a top UK athlete is among seven Britons with "suspicious" blood scores.
  • Ten medals were won at the London 2012 Olympics by athletes who have reportedly recorded dubious test results.

World Anti-Doping Agency 'very alarmed' over claims

Officials at The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) said it was "very alarmed" by the latest claims which would "shake the foundation" of clean athletes across the globe.

Wada is very disturbed by these new allegations that have been raised by ARD; which will, once again, shake the foundation of clean athletes worldwide.

– Wada president Sir Craig Reedie

The ARD documentary, Doping - Top Secret: The Shadowy World Of Athletics, contains new allegations regarding widespread doping in international athletics.

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Rain in the north but very warm in the south up to 27C

There will be outbreaks of rain across Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England which will reach northern Scotland by late afternoon, whilst clearing northern England by early afternoon.

Rain in the north but very warm in the south up to 27C. Credit: Met Office

Expect it to be fine, very warm and increasingly sunny elsewhere, but with showers in the west later.

It should also be a breezy day with the strongest winds in the northwest, and a top temperature of 27C (81F).

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