Last month’s high-profile doping case of Lance Armstrong has left officials in the anti-doping world once again scratching their heads as to how to catch out the drugs cheats.
Speaking at a conference in Paris with the aim of promoting the cooperation between the pharmaceutical industry and sports governing bodies as well as the world anti doping agency – WADA president John Fahey conceded they were currently losing the battle.
“Is sport cleaner as result of Armstrong? Do I feel we are winning the fight? The answer is no. I think that what Armstrong tells me is that bubbling away below the surface, there are still problems that could surface at any time.”
Fahey added that the problem is deep-rooted in sport and is not just down to the athletes but also coaches, doctors, and physiotherapists.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life after a damning report by the US anti doping agency claimed the American led the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen.