A detailed record of China’s doping abuse is close to being published. This is making the Chinese government uneasy. 

Ten years ago, Chinese doctor Xue Yinxian made her name the enemy of the state by exposing China’s systematic doping practices. Holding elite roles with Chinese national teams in the 1970s, Xue had to seek asylum in Germany after saying that more than 10,000 Chinese athletes were forced to take drugs that would temporarily boost their performance. 

Now living in exile, she is prepared to release a book on China’s state-sponsored doping secret between the 1980s and 1990s. The Chinese government is not going to sit idly by. 

In February, her son Yang Weidong told Radio Free Asia that his brother in Shanghai was threatened with home seizure. 

Yang 杨 said, “The state security police are threatening my brother via a friend of his and want him to act as a go-between to persuade my mother not to publish, on pain of him having his home confiscated.”

So, what’s in the book?

For some background, Xue Yinxian is the first generation of sports physicians after the establishment of the China Communist Party. Serving as the national team doctor for China, she was dismissed after refusing to administer doping to an athlete before the 1988 Seoul Olympics. 

The book “China’s doping” is an archive of Xue’s working diary that spanned 36 years, from 1963 to 1998. It conveys six volumes and around 1,200 pictures. 

According to Yang, his mother’s diary recorded athletes’ side effects after taking prohibited substances. The most detailed record is the national gymnastics team. Particularly, the journal brought attention to the conductor behind the drug abuse, the Chinese Communist Party.

Yang said, “People worldwide are watching this book to see how China stole the gold medal. It hurts the whole world, and people are willing to participate in the grand party of the Olympics. It (the CCP) has changed the whole nature of this.”

More than just exposing the dark side of China’s sports achievement, the book wanted to warn that tampering with enhancement drugs might bring more severe consequences than just false glory. 

Yang said, “We just said very kindly that after taking this medicine, you might get cancer in the future. It is best to participate in competitions as real humans for your health.”

Unfortunately, the athletes who accepted the drugs some 20 or 30 years ago are now in leadership positions. Yang believed the book would hurt their interests.

Yang and Xue are changing to a new location as they are determined to bring the book to the public. Yang said the German authority is assisting with the process.

The first volume of China’s Doping will be released by the end of this year.

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