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Diack scoffs at latest allegations
03 Aug 2015 17:05
The outgoing president of international athletics has defended the organisation's record on drug-testing and called the latest doping allegations "a joke".
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Lamine Diack, who steps down as IAAF president at the end of August, also questioned whether there would be any redistribution of Olympic medals.
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It comes after German broadcaster ARD/WDR and the Sunday Times gained access to a database containing more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. They claim more than 800 athletes have had suspicious blood tests and that a third of all medals in endurance events at recent Olympics and world championships went to competitors who had a "dubious" blood count result during their career.
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Diack, speaking to the media at the IOC session in Kuala Lumpur, said: "There is a film and a newspaper who are asking questions. We are going to answer them all.
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"But it [doesn't mean] just because someone has a suspicious profile once that he was doped. When people say that there are medals to be redistributed from 2001 to 2012, it's just a farce."
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"They are playing with the idea of a redistribution of medals. It's possible, if we prove with the new techniques at our disposal that someone doped. Otherwise, it's a joke. Just three weeks before the world championships, there is something behind [this].
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"No one has been destabilised, we are stronger than that. Everything that has been done in the fight against doping has been made by IAAF."
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Sebastian Coe, who is standing in the election to succeed Diack, has promised to take a hard line on drugs. He said in his presidential manifesto: "The fight against those who continue to lie and cheat is not over - far from it - and it is crucial that we continue to increase resources in this battle for our sport's integrity and now is the time to dramatically close the gap between a positive test and the relevant sanction."
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Lord Coe also backed the IAAF to issue a "robust and detailed response" to the allegations.
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WADA president Craig Reedie has also expressed his concern, saying: "WADA is very disturbed by these new allegations that have been raised by ARD; which will, once again, shake the foundation of clean athletes worldwide."
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He announced that the allegations would be handed over to the organisation's independent commission for further investigation.
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Former WADA president Dick Pound said athletics could be facing a "major crisis" if the allegations are proven.
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"If all this stuff is true it is a major crisis, much of which happened on the watch of the current president - and I'm sure he's concerned," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
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