Athletics: ‘Corruption embedded within IAAF’ - anti-doping report

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IAAF "could not be unaware of the extent of doping" according to new WADA report

WADA report claims "corruption was embedded" within the IAAF

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Senior figures at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), including new president Sebastian Coe, “could not have been unaware of the extent of doping in athletics,” according to an independent commission report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The 89-page report, published Thursday, claims “corruption was embedded” and “cannot be blamed on a small number of miscreants” within the IAAF, athletics’ world governing body.

Ex-IAAF president Lamine Diack, who is wanted by Interpol, was “responsible for organizing and enabling” corruption, the document said.

“Certain individuals within the IAAF went beyond sporting corruption and may have been criminal corruption. It demonstrates that the time for reform – and nor denial – is now,” said Professor Richard McLaren, legal counsel for the commission.

Lord Coe, 59, succeeded Lamine Diack as IAAF president in August, after eight years as a vice president.

Coe was not immediately available for comment, but Pound said the IAAF had a “golden opportunity” to reform with the former Olympic champion at the helm.

WADA said Russia was guilty of “state-sponsored doping” in its first report published in November, leading to the IAAF banning Russian athletes from competition.

The IAAF’s ethics committee said earlier this month that a powerful trio blackmailed Russian distance runner Lilya Shobukhova into paying them off to keep results of her positive drug tests secret.

It also alleged the Russian deputy minister for sport was told by the country’s former athletics federation president Valentin Balakhnichev that it had been blackmailed by the IAAF since 2011, a claim the Russian official denies.

The son of Diack, Papa Massata Diack – a former IAAF consultant – as well as Balakhnichev and Russia’s former chief coach for long-distance athletes Alexei Melnikov, were all banned for life.

The IAAF’s former anti-doping director Gabriel Dollé was given a five-year ban.