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German athletes want blanket Games retests

AAP logoAAP 12/12/2016

German athletes are calling for retests of all drug test samples from the 2008, 2010 and 2014 Olympics in the wake of the latest report on doping practices in Russia.

The athletes commission of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) also said on Monday implicated athletes, coaches and officials should be sanctioned as soon as possible.

"Public trust in international high-performance sport has been heavily damaged in the long term through the current doping scandal," its statement said.

"Now it is about regaining trust and the athletes in Germany demand a strong and clear signal from the sports federations in their dealings with the results."

The athletes said they expect clarity before the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang in order to have a level playing field in South Korea.

In a second report published on Friday, independent World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren said more than 1000 Russian athletes had been implicated in connection with systematic and state-organised doping practices in the country.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced retests of all Russian samples from their 2014 home Winter Olympics in Sochi.

It has also conducted selected retests of 2008 and 2012 Games samples, with many Russian and other athletes caught.

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