STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Without naming names or providing any proof, a former Norwegian anti-doping official has claimed that several top athletes in the country engaged in blood doping in recent years.
Mads Drange, a former tester for Anti-Doping Norway, writes in his book Den Store Dopingbloeffen (The Great Doping Bluff) that the athletes must have been doping because they had exceptionally high variations in their blood profiles.
Although Drange would not say which athletes he was referring to, speculation has focused on winter sports, such as cross-country skiing.
"I don't want to create a witch hunt. It is just to show the system doesn't work because even here in Norway where there is a good testing regime it is easy to cheat," Drange told The Associated Press. "There is no testing in most countries in the world, or the testing is no good. People might talk about Jamaica or Kenya but you don't have to look any further than Europe."
Norway is one of the strongest countries in winter sports, and the publication of the book comes just ahead of the start of next month's Sochi Olympics.
Speaking after the book's release on Thursday, Drange said the variations in the blood samples could only have come about through doping. He said he was referring to the period from 2000-10.
"I couldn't find any other explanation for these results than blood doping," Drange said.
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