TO GREAT murmuring of further scandal on the horizon, the second part of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report into doping in world athletics was released today, January 14, and has already made an impact.
Stating that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) council “could not have been unaware of the extent of doping in athletics”, the report will make bad reading for British Lord Sebastian Coe. The former runner and current IAAF president was on the council at the time.
In a refreshingly stark analysis, the Wada report adds that Coe’s right-hand man Nick Davies, who has already resigned over previous allegations, was “well aware of Russian ‘skeletons’ in the cupboard”.
Presented in Munich by the chairman of Wada, Dick Pound, with Coe present, the report says that laying the blame squarely on the previous administration of the IAAF or a “small group of miscreants” was not a viable analysis, and declared an “evident lack of political appetite within the IAAF to confront Russia with the full extent of its known and suspected doping activities.”
The unveiling of the report coincides with the news today that Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for Papa Massata Diack, son of the former IAAF president Lamine Diack, for alleged money laundering and corruption.
Interpol has issued the wanted notice on behalf of the French government which arrested the elder Diack in November 2015 on related charges.