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Wada report accuses former chief Diack of conspiracy and corruption

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By Euronews
Wada report accuses former chief Diack of conspiracy and corruption

The second part of a report into corruption at World Athletics has accused former President Lamine Diack of being responsible for ‘‘organising and enabling the conspiracy that took place at the IAAF.’‘

The report says Diack had established his own “informal, illegitimate governance structure” at the IAAF in a bid to help cover up systematic doping in Russia.

Wada independent commission member Richard McLaren said: “He inserted his personal legal advisor Habib Cisse into the IAAF medical and anti doping department in November of 2011, with the London 2012 and Moscow 2013 Championships looming up. He did so to enable Cisse to manage and follow up Russian athlete biological passport cases.”

French authorities are currently investigating Diack as well as Cisse and Diack’s son Massata for corruption.

In its report the independent commission chaired by former WADA president Dick Pound did however clear the IAAF over its handling of suspicious blood tests.

Former Wada president and current independent commission chairman Dick Pound said: “The commission does not share the views expressed that the IAAF was inadequate in its responses to blood doping in the period under review. Indeed in point of fact the IAAF was one the leaders in the development of the athlete blood passport.”

Pound later added that he ‘‘couldn’t think of anyone better” than Coe to lead the crisis-hit governing body as it continues its arduous task to rebuild its battered reputation.