Dop­ing re­port: “Cor­rup­tion was em­bed­ded” in IAAF

“Pow­er­ful rogue group” al­lowed tainted Rus­sians to com­pete, WADA says.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By John Le­ices­ter

mu­nich » Track and field’s gov­ern­ing body was cor­rupted from the in­side by a “pow­er­ful rogue group” led by its pres­i­dent, and they con­spired to ex­tort ath­letes and al­low dop­ing Rus­sians to con­tinue com­pet­ing, a World An­ti­Dop­ing Agency probe re­ported Thurs­day.

Other IAAF lead­ers were at fault too, the WADA panel’s damn­ing re­port said. They must have known of the nepo­tism that al­lowed Lamine Di­ack to turn the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions into a per­sonal fief­dom dur­ing his 16- year reign as pres­i­dent, the re­port said.

“It is in­creas­ingly clear that far more IAAF staff knew about the prob­lems than has cur­rently been ac­knowl­edged,” said the re­port, writ­ten by for­mer WADA pres­i­dent Dick Pound and pre­sented at a news con­fer­ence in Mu­nich.

A key ques­tion raised by the re­port is whether al­leged cor­rup­tion un­der Di­ack went be­yond ex­tort­ing doped ath­letes and in­fected other ar­eas of IAAF busi­ness. WADA’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors called for a de­tailed fol­low- up probe of all world cham­pi­onships awarded by the rul­ing body for 2009- 19, due to ev­i­dence they found of pos­si­ble wrong­do­ing. That in­cluded an in­di­ca­tion that Di­ack, a for­mer IOC mem­ber, was pre­pared to sell his vote in the 2020 Olympic host­ing con­test won by Tokyo in ex­change for spon­sor­ship of IAAF events.

The re­port made fur­ther un­com­fort­able read­ing for Se­bas­tian Coe, the Bri­tish middle- dis­tance run­ning great who took over from Di­ack in Au­gust. Coe was in the au­di­ence as Pound sifted through the grim find­ings and as­serted the IAAF is an or­ga­ni­za­tion in de­nial.

“The cor­rup­tion was em­bed­ded in the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” the re­port said.

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