Sinosphere: Doping Claims Involving Chinese Track Stars Re-emerge, Decades Later


Wang Junxia of China, center, the gold medalist in the 5,000 meters, with Pauline Konga of Kenya, right, silver, and Roberta Brunet of Italy, bronze, at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

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BEIJING — Lunar New Year blessings in red and gold at the entrance to the Chinese Athletics Association wish visitors “Glorious Business Improving Year by Year” and “Splendid Future Reaching Up and Up.”

Yet in spite of the festive cheer and a warming winter sun, the atmosphere was chilly on Tuesday in the association’s building on Stadium Road in south Beijing, near the National Olympic Training Center’s Sports Medicine Hospital and the headquarters of the China General Administration of Sports, the epicenter of this sporting superpower.

Two employees warily eyed a reporter asking about allegations in the Chinese news media that female track athletes who burst onto the global scene in the early 1990s, setting world…

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