IAAF president Seb Coe said that doping cover-up attempts failed and called alleged extortion of athletes guilty of doping violations “abhorrent” on Saturday, after it was announced that Coe’s predecessor, Lamine Diack, was being investigated on suspicion of taking more than $1 million in bribes from Russia to cover up failed drug tests.
“These are dark days for our sport, but I’m more determined than ever to rebuild the trust in our sport,” Coe said on BBC radio on Sunday. “It’s not going to be a short journey … this is a long road to redemption.”
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said it will announce Monday the findings of a report into doping, sparked by a documentary on Russian track and field doping.
“No doping case has been covered up, and if attempts were made in relation to a limited number of cases, as has been recently revealed, they all failed,” the IAAF said in a Saturday press release. “The IAAF is very confident that the WADA report confirms this.”
Coe was voted in to succeed Diack as IAAF president on Aug. 19.
“That people in our sport have allegedly extorted money from athletes guilty of doping violations is abhorrent,” Coe said in the press release. “That they were not able to cover up the doping results is testament to the system that the IAAF and WADA have jointly put in place.”
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