What does the WADA report say about key IAAF figures and Vladimir Putin?

IAAF's former president among those under the microscope

What does the WADA report say about key IAAF figures and Vladimir Putin?

Lamine Diack (left) and Seb Coe (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

The second part of a World Anti-Doping Agency-backed report into doping in Athletics has been published this afternoon.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)  council, which includes the current president Sebastian Coe, "could not have been unaware of the extent of doping in athletics" according to independent WADA report which was released to the world by chairman Dick Pound at today's press conference.

So what does the report, which you can read in full here, have to say about some of the key figures in the IAAF and beyond?

Lamine Diack

The former president of the IAAF, who has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is under investigation by French authorities, has seen his role heavily scrutinised and criticised in this report.

Detailing how the Senegalese official "created a close inner circle" which included members of his own family during his tenure, the report puts him at the centre of corruption allegations regarding the cover-up of doping by Russian athletes: 

"[He] was responsible for organizing and enabling the conspiracy and corruption that took place in the IAAF. He sanctioned and appears to have had personal knowledge of the fraud and the extortion of athletes carried out by the actions of the informal illegitimate governance structure he put in place. He explained his actions to other hard working but rather naively trusting staff members of the IAAF, as his hands being tied by commitments with Russia or others."

Seb Coe

The report says that the IAAF council, which includes the current president Lord Coe, "could not have been unaware of the extent of doping in athletics".

However, on Coe's future role and what he may or may not have been aware of regarding corruption in the IAAF, Pound said at the press conference that he does not believe Lord Coe lied when he said he didn't know about the extent of corruption in athletics, commenting: "I do not believe so. You’ve got to understand the concentration of power in and around the president of any organisation and the relative infrequence with which the IAAF would meet."

Pound also states his belief that Coe is the right man to lead the IAAF out of its current predicament and engage in reforms.




Vladimir Putin 

The Russian president is mentioned once by name in the report.

In a passage which details discussions over the sanctioning of a number of Russian athletes on a "delayed list" in the run up to 2013's IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, Diack is reported as telling an IAAF legal chief that "he was in a difficult position that could only be resolved by President Putin of Russia with whom he had struck up a friendship."  

The report adds that none of the athletes on the "delayed list ultimately competed in Moscow.

Dr Gabriel Dollé

He was the IAAF Medical and Anti-Doping Department, who has been suspended for five years.

Along with former IAAF Presidential Legal Advisor Habib Cisse, the report states that their actions "allowed dirty Russian athletes to compete and alter the results on the playing field. This conduct has the same effect as a cover up."