The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has said the second part of the explosive Independent Commission report into allegations of systematic doping, corruption and bribery at the highest levels of international athletics will be released on January 14.
The first half of the hugely critical report from the Wada panel was released in November. It accused the Russian government of complicity in widespread doping and cover ups of positive tests by its athletes, adding that the nation should be banned from competition.
The Independent Commission’s chairman, Dick Pound (pictured), presented the body’s findings and recommendations surrounding allegations of doping in sport, as first raised during German broadcaster ARD’s December 2014 documentary entitled ‘The secrets of Doping: How Russia makes its winners?’. It found a “deeply rooted culture of cheating” in Russian athletics.
The governing body of athletics in Russia, Araf, was ultimately suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on November 26 following the allegations of state-sponsored doping. However, when the report was first released, Wada said it was temporarily withholding some information 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.”
This publication has been delayed, but Wada spokesman Ben Nichols told the Reuters news agency that January 14 is the now revised date for the release. Pound (pictured) has said the second part of the report will include further allegations that focus on possible corruption within the IAAF, and will have a “wow” factor.
Meanwhile, Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told the R-Sport news agency today (Monday) that he plans to meet with inspectors from the IAAF on January 11 to discuss progress in the country’s reform efforts in the wake of the doping scandal.
The IAAF last month confirmed that its taskforce will visit Russia for the first time on January 10-11 to check on the progress of the country’s efforts to clean up doping. The IAAF set out the criteria for Russia’s reinstatement on December 11, and Araf must satisfy the taskforce that it has taken the necessary steps to return to the fold.