Tuesday 27 September 2016

London Olympics 'sabotaged' by 'widespread inaction' against some Russian athletes - WADA

Published 09/11/2015 | 14:31

Richard W. Pound, (C) World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Founding President and former IOC Vice President speaks next to Richard H. McLaren (L), Legal Counsel and member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and Guenter Younger, Head of Department Cybercrime with Bavarian Landeskriminalamt (LKA) during a news conference on the WADA Independent Commission report on findings of investigation into allegations of widespread doping in sport in Geneva. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Richard W. Pound, (C) World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Founding President and former IOC Vice President speaks next to Richard H. McLaren (L), Legal Counsel and member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and Guenter Younger, Head of Department Cybercrime with Bavarian Landeskriminalamt (LKA) during a news conference on the WADA Independent Commission report on findings of investigation into allegations of widespread doping in sport in Geneva. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
The Olympic flag flies next to the Russian flag

The London 2012 Olympics were "sabotaged" by the presence of Russian athletes with suspicious doping profiles, a report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has found.

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The report blames the "widespread inaction" of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) plus the Russian athletics federation (ARAF) and the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) for allowing these athletes to compete at the Games.

"The IC (independent commission) has noted a cumulative lapse of action from the IAAF, ARAF and RUSADA in conjunction with pursuing suspicious profiles," the report stated.

"As a result of this widespread inaction, the Olympic Games in London were, in a sense, sabotaged by the admission of athletes who should have not been competing, and could have been prevented from competing, were it not for the collective and inexplicable laissez-faire policy adopted by the IAAF, ARAF and RUSADA."

The WADA report also called on the IAAF to suspend Russia from competition.

The commission stated in its report that it had turned over "considerable data and information" to Interpol regarding its findings "which tends to demonstrate criminal conduct on the part of certain individuals and organisations".

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack is facing provisional suspension as an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee after French police revealed he is under investigation for allegedly receiving more than one million euros to cover up doping.

The IOC ethics commission announced on Monday that it has recommended Diack, who stepped down as IAAF president in August, be provisionally suspended.

The 82-year-old from Senegal is accused of being complicit in a cover-up of doping by Russian athletes.

His son Papa Massata Diack, advisor Habib Cisse and the former IAAF anti-doping chief Gabriel Dolle are also being investigated by French police.

The report found the Russian federation and anti-doping agency to be "non-compliant" with the WADA code and recommended the withdrawal of the Moscow laboratory's accreditation and the removal of the laboratory's director.

The report identified corruption and bribery practices "at the highest levels" of the IAAF which it had presented to Interpol, and said there was a "deep-rooted culture of cheating" in Russian athletics.

"Many of the more egregious offenders appear to be coaches who, themselves, were once athletes and who work in connection with medical personnel," it stated.

"This 'win-at-all-costs' mentality was then passed to current athletes, whether willing to participate or not."

It added that athletes unwilling to enter into cheating were likely to be left without access to top coaches.

The report said that it could confirm allegations made in past media reports that some Russian doctors and laboratory staff "acted as enablers for systematic cheating".

It confirmed the "intentional and malicious" destruction of more than 1,400 samples by Russian laboratory officialsThe report said Russian law enforcement agencies were also involved in the efforts to interfere with the integrity of samples and the commission had "serious doubts" about the Russian anti-doping agency's independence from the Russian government's Ministry of Sport.

Most of the commission's key findings with regard to the IAAF's role in allegedly covering up doping offences were withheld from the report published on Monday because of the ongoing criminal investigation.

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