A former doctor for the Chinese Olympic team told German media that tens of thousands of Chinese athletes took performance enhancing drugs in the 1980s and 1990s as part of a systematic government doping scheme.
“There must have been more than 10,000 people involved,” Xue Yinxian told public broadcaster ARD in a television interview first broadcast on Friday. “All international medals (won by Chinese athletes in that time) should be taken back.”
Xue’s claim of systematic doping contradicted previous statements by the Chinese government, which had denied any involvement in individual cases of Chinese athletes taking performance enhancing drugs.
Her claim also contradicted comments previously made by Chen Zhanghao, the Chinese Olympic team’s chief doctor at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. In 2012, Chen told the Australian daily The Sydney Morning Herald that “about 50” Chinese athletes had taken various performance-enhancing drugs during his tenure.
‘If you refused to dope, you had to leave’
Xue, …