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athletics: The world governing body of athletics has issued another lengthy statement in response to more claims of widespread doping and cover-ups, saying the latest allegations have been passed to its ethics committee for investigation.

athletics: The world governing body of athletics has issued another lengthy statement in response to more claims of widespread doping and cover-ups, saying the latest allegations have been passed to its ethics committee for investigation.

German broadcaster ARD, which has already made claims of systematic doping in Russia, broadcast another programme on Monday including allegations that positive tests and blood-level anomalies from athletes across several nations were covered up or not investigated.

"A copy of the video and English transcript of the documentary will be sent directly to independent IAAF Ethics Commission who are already investigating this matter," the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said yesterday.

The statement also addressed specific allegations relating to the period 2006-2009.

"Any information that shows a breach of our anti-doping rules will be added to the separate investigation that has been opened following part one of the documentary," it said.

On Monday, Sebastian Coe, bidding to become president of the IAAF and an outspoken campaigner against doping, said his sport was in "very, very difficult times."

Agnieszka's aim

Tennis: Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska hopes to win the first grand slam title of her career after appointing 18-times grand slam champion Martina Navratilova as her new "supercoach".

The 58-year-old Navratilova, one of the game's all-time greats with 59 grand slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles to her name, will work alongside Radwanska's full-time coach Tomasz Wiktorowski.

"I did not sleep very well last night (Monday), thinking about getting back into match mode and the competitions," Czech-born American Navratilova said.

"I was delighted when Agnieszka asked me if I would collaborate with Tomasz and I can't wait to get started."

Matt thinking big

cycling: Cricketer Matt Prior - criticised for his passion for cycling by his former England team-mate Kevin Pietersen - has Tour de France ambitions for the new professional team he has co-founded.

The wicketkeeper-batsman is chief executive of ONE Pro Cycling, who were launched yesterday with the aim of competing at UCI Continental level, two tiers below Team Sky.

The aim is to compete alongside the British super team, which has won the Tour de France.

"We're hugely ambitious as a team, to grow, develop and go through the ranks," Prior said.


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