MUNICH – Agencies are reporting that former IAAF president Lamine Diack was named responsible for corrupt schemes in regard to doping in Russia at the ruling athletics body.
The report, published and presented by an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), also said that "there was an evident lack of political appetite within the IAAF to confront Russia with the full extent of its known and suspected doping activities."
The 89-page report named Russia "a doping haven" and said the IAAF had inadequate governance in place to prevent the corruption that occurred when athletes paid bribes to cover up positive doping tests.
IAAF President Sebastian Coe was in attendance at the press conference and French prosecutors too as they are also investigating.
Richard Pound said: "There's no way Coe could have known the extent of what Diack was up to."
"I can't think of anyone better than Coe to lead," Pound said, adding the case offered "a fantastic opportunity" for the sport to clean up.
The IOC said it "will continue to work closely with the new leadership of the IAAF" to protect clean athletes.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told the Itar-Tass news agency that his country understands its responsibility and "support(s) all of the conclusions and decisions."
The report also suggested Lamine Diack may have tried to sell his vote for the 2020 Olympics host city in exchange for sponsorship money for the ruling athletics body. But it also said that a leaked IAAF database including suspicious blood values of athletes cannot be used as evidence for doping because it is not complete. Based on reports from agencies.