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The fight against illegal performance-enhancing substances has led the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, to develop strict rules. But some criminal athletes and doctors are always looking to remain one step ahead.
Professional cycling and track and field are among the more notorious sports for doping. The former East Germany as well as other countries associated with the Soviet Union were famous for encouraging systematic abuse of substances to ensure sporting success. In 2016, the WADA-commissioned McLaren Report outlined evidence of a system of state-sponsored doping in Russia. DW coverage related to the topic is collated below.
The Olympic Games in Tokyo will be a new experience for Russian athletes competing under a neutral flag. The country's doping scandal has cast a shadow over their preparations – and will continue to do so in Japan.
Fewer doping tests have taken place in track and field due to the coronavirus. In an exclusive interview with DW, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe sent a clear message to potential cheaters: 'You will get caught.'