An insider on the Spanish doping scene says Dr. Eufemaino Fuentes doped the 1992 Spanish team to Olympics glory. How inside? How about Dr. Fuentes wife, Cristina Perez, herself a former Olympian.
In Barcelona, Spain won (G/S/B) these medals: 13/7/2. (which included 4 in track, and one in cycling; also teams in field hockey, water polo, and many in sailing) How many medals did Spain win in 1988 in Seoul: 1/1/2. Quite an improvement in schievement in 4 years. To AFP:
In an interview with La Provincia newspaper, the wife of Dr Eufemiano Fuentes, Cristina Perez, a European 400m bronze medallist in 1987, said: "I know what happened at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992."
Perez said "many Olympic medals" were won by Spain thanks to her husband. Spain won a record 13 gold medals at the Barcelona Games.
"It's a Pandora's Box and if opened one day, it could bring down sport," Perez said.
"But out of respect for my companions, to the people who sacrificed so much, I'm keeping mum although I could speak out and ruin all those caught up in this little world."
Fuentes is reported to have been the mastermind of a vast blood doping network, which was dubbed 'Operation Puerto' in May 2006 following a police raid on his Madrid laboratory which uncovered doping products and blood bags.
While names of around 200 'clients' from the world of sport were reportedly found, only a few have been sanctioned.
Perez, 43, herself suspected of doping at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, defended her husband, saying he had been a victim of a campaign by the Spanish government.
"To call a doctor dedicated to sports science who has killed no one a criminal mastermind seems shameful to me."
Apparently a doctor who breaks sporting rules, breaks the law, and encourages fraud and cheating might feel a bit shameful to Perez. Then again, is she is a doper herself...
Fuentes also appears to be at the heart of the huge cycling doping scandal, Operation Puerto.