SHANGHAI World athletics body IAAF said on Friday it would investigate the authenticity of a letter signed by 10 Chinese athletes that says a Chinese Olympic coach ran a systematic doping program up to the mid 1990s.
Signatories to the 21 year old letter, published for the first time on private news portal Tencent Sports, included women's long distance runner Wang Junxia, an Olympic champion and world record holder.http://www.toshibaprobe.com/MF1B54L002.html
The allegations in the document, which Chinese TV channel CCTV and other state media also reported, date back to before the IAAF presidency of Lamine Diack, who took over in 1999.
Reuters could not independently confirm the authenticity of the letter and was unable to reach Wang or the coach the document named, Ma Junren.
The letter, sent in March 1995 to journalist Zhao Yu but never previously publicized, suggests Ma ran a systematic doping program in China some two decades ago.
Reuters was unable to reach Zhao for comment.