Russian doping scandal continues

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Former International Association of Athletics Federations president Lamine Diack has resigned from his position as an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee.

On Monday, the IAAF was implicated in a World Anti-Doping Agency report that accused Russia of widespread doping.

The French financial prosecutor said in a statement last week: “Diack is suspected of receiving money in exchange for deferring sanctions for several Russian athletes who were found guilty of doping in 2011, ahead of the Olympic Games.”

The investigation is ongoing and will look into whether other persons were involved in suspected corruption.

The findings of the independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency has led to the possibility of Russian track and field athletes being banned from the 2016 Olympic games.

Despite Russia’s anti-doping official condemning the report as “unprofessional, illogical and declarative,” the report has been used to collect evidence for the crime fighting organization Interpol who continues the investigation.

WADA has suspended the Russian laboratory, based in Moscow, which is responsible for analysing the athletes’ urine and blood samples.

The report outlined many striking allegations and has illuminated several issues to be explored, including:

  • Secret police inside the anti-doping laboratory
  • Hundreds of samples destroyed before key inspection
  • Bribes and extortion
  • Intimidation of doping testers
  • Use of false identities to dodge tests

Nikita Kamaev, of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency said the report provided clarity, but no real news to his organization.

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