WADA commission recommends IAAF suspend Russia from competition

A World Anti-Doping Agency report has recommended that the IAAF should suspend Russia from competition.

A three-man panel, headed by Dick Pound, was instructed by the IAAF to look into claims of systemic cheating and a cover-up and spent 11 months preparing a 350-page report which was published on Monday.

Pound’s report into Russian doping practices found “a deeply rooted culture of cheating…at all levels is widespread and of long standing”.

The report on corruption and money-laundering within the international athletics body is distributed to journalists
The report on corruption and money-laundering within the international athletics body is distributed to journalists – AFP

The report says the International Olympic Committee should not allow Russian athletes to complete in track and field events at the Rio Olympics unless the Russian federation takes step to address the serious problems highlighted by WADA.

WADA’s commission also recommended that Moscow’s anti-doping lab should lose its accreditation with the country found to have destroyed thousands of samples ahead of a WADA visit.

Moreover, the Russian government has also been criticised for “direct intimidation” over the Moscow doping lab, through the FSB, the successor to the KGB.

WADA’s report was also expected to be highly critical of the IAAF – which recently saw former president Lamine Diack placed under investigation by French police for alleged corruption over a doping cover-up.

However, with the French criminal investigation ongoing, sections of the report regarding the IAAF will not be made available on Monday.

Diack was president of the IAAF for 16 years and stands accused of accepting more than €1 million to cover up positive doping tests. Last week, he was arrested along with IAAF lawyer Habib Cisse and anti-doping chief Gabriel Dolle.