The BBC reports that the Chinese Athletic Association (CAA) has banned three runners from competing in any future races after claiming they cheated during last Monday's Boston Marathon. One runner was accused of giving his/her bib to another runner while the two others allegedly used faked race results in order to qualify for this year's race.
The "scandal" could be much worse; the South China Morning Post quotes the Voice of China (a state-run media outlet) as reporting that "more than 90" Chinese nationals have been accused of lying about prior finishing times in order to qualify for this year's race.
In order to qualify to run the Boston Marathon, runners must have completed a prior marathon during the past year within certain times, based on age and sex. Documents provided as proof of completing the prior races within qualifying times had been forged by those involved, it is alleged.
The Morning Post reports the Voice of China found one travel agency that promised potential runners a qualifying time for $7,475 (USD).