part of WADA's doping report set for Jan. 14
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[December 29, 2015]
(Reuters) - The second part of an
explosive Independent Commission (IC) report into allegations of
systematic doping and "corruption and bribery" at the highest levels of
international athletics will be released on Jan. 14, the World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has told Reuters.
The first part of the report authored by former WADA chief Dick
Pound was released in November following an investigation that
lasted nearly a year, and found a "deeply rooted culture of
cheating" in Russian athletics.
The investigation followed allegations made in a 2014 German
television documentary entitled "The secrets of Doping: How Russia
makes its winners?" and led to the suspension of Russia from
international athletics (track and field) competition.
When the report was released in November, WADA said it was
temporarily withholding some information from the public arena until
international criminal police body Interpol had time to consider the
evidence for appropriate investigation.
"This report also identifies corruption and bribery practices at the
highest levels of international athletics, evidence of which has
been transmitted to Interpol for appropriate investigation," WADA
said at the time.
"Publication of the information will be delayed until decisions are
taken by the competent authorities regarding potential criminal
prosecutions, but it is hoped and intended that the IC will publish
the full information prior to the end of 2015."
That publication has been delayed by a couple of weeks, with WADA
spokesperson Ben Nichols telling Reuters on Monday that Jan. 14 is
the now revised date for the release.
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Pound has said the second part of the report will include further
allegations that focus on possible corruption within the
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and will
have a "wow" factor.
Former IAAF president Lamine Diack has already been accused by
French authorities of corruption, while new head Sebastian Coe is
under fire for having taken too long to act on allegations of
impropriety within the governing body.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Mark
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